Fasting is challenging. There is no way around that. But most rewarding things in life are challenging. Maybe not so rewarding in the middle of the journey but certainly at the end looking back.

I am reminded of King David in 2 Samuel 24:24. The background to this verse is that King David had sinned and there were some big time consequences to that. He was crying out to God for mercy and the word came to him from the prophet, Gad, to go and build an altar on the threshing floor of a Jebusite guy, named Araunah. When King David approached Araunah, the guy gave him the threshing floor and oxen and everything David would need to make his altar and sacrifice. But this was David’s response, “But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them.” David refused to offer God something that cost him nothing. In other words, he didn’t re-gift! In this case King David would not “sacrifice” something in essence he didn’t “sacrifice” for.

In the journey of this fast, God may be asking you to sacrifice, and it may be challenging but let’s follow David’s example and choose to offer something that costs us. Let’s choose to be obedient to what He is asking and truly sacrifice. Let’s refuse to “re-gift” to God. When God is calling you to do something He will be with you every step of the way.

Pastor Heidi Jarrett

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