When we see the world through spiritual eyes, it's like seeing the intricate inner workings of a beautiful Swiss watch. That's just a metaphor, and of course it's far greater and deeper than that. It takes faith to even begin to understand how it all works, and I imagine that once we are in heaven, face to face with God, will still be learning and discovering all the intricacies of the spiritual world. But even the little that we can grasp here through faith and through the promises God gives us, is that everything connects.
And that means the 40 Day Fast connects with everything too, Here are some examples:
You have chosen to be a part of a church that has presented a challenge to fast from secular media and distractions for 40 Days. This is optional, but you know that it's from God.
Since it's from God, choosing not to join in would mean saying no to something from Him. Is it a sin to say no? No. Is it a good thing to say yes? Absolutely. So you have to choose between either merely not sinning, or doing a very good thing from God.
You choose the former, and opt out of the fast for no specific reason, other than you just don't feel like it. You know that you aren't outright rejecting God, since you still pray, attend church, and try to live an honest God-fearing life. But in the back of your mind, you know that you have said no to His suggestion and have chosen comfort over trust. Doubt creeps in.
Sometime along the 40 day period, the devil attacks as he always does with one thing or another. Your child gets sick, or your boss flips out on you, or your car gets into an accident and your stuck with a huge repair bill. You pray and try to do the right thing, but you don't feel that conviction in your heart that your prayers will be heard. You don't feel worthy. Doubts start to turn into condemnation.
Your prayers are more angry rants than prayers of faith, and the problems evade resolution. You feel far from God, and voices pop into your head when you go to church that everyone else is doing better than you, and that they look down on you for being so unspiritual. You suspect that everyone knows that you aren't doing the fast and everyone is talking about you behind your back.
You feel self-righteous and angry at these hypocrites, and decide that you "need a break" from church for a while because you can't handle all this confusion.
You disappear from church, you stop praying, and you have no idea why God has turned His back on you.
Read tomorrow's blog to see the other side of the story!