I have to admit…I do not enjoy fasting. I mean there are a lot of things that I do that I don’t really enjoy. I don’t enjoy getting up early every morning and going to the gym. I don’t enjoy reducing my carbs – I really enjoyed living in a college dorm and eating half a large pizza and not gaining a pound. I don’t enjoy investing money instead of taking more vacations or buying the newest gadgets. But yet, these are things I know I must do anyhow.
So we are nearing the end of the fast, the home stretch, and you’ve likely been seeking God for something specific or multiple things. Maybe you’ve even gotten discouraged during this time. I mean you’ve been suffering and doing without and maybe you feel like you’ve heard very little. You thought before this fast started that you’d sacrifice for this time and then the heavens would open, angels would descend, and you’d have this divine encounter… and maybe, just maybe all you’ve felt is hungry and tired – while you hear of others having these incredible stories. Ok, let’s be real, that can become frustrating. But don’t get discouraged. God sees our hearts, He hears our cries, He sees our sacrifices and like a parent loving their child is there and listening. Sure, He doesn’t always answer right away. Sometimes His answer is found in His silence, and sometimes His answer is coming down the road, you just don’t see it yet.
There are many stories of patience throughout the Bible. I love Joseph’s story, found starting in Gen. 37 and ending in Gen. 50, because there was a promise made through a dream that Joseph would be a leader of his people. This guy went through a whole lot of turmoil, being sold as a slave by his brothers, being thrown in prison by a false accusation to finally years later being second in charge of Egypt. I certainly hope it isn’t YEARS before you have that answer or miracle that you’ve been seeking God about, but sometimes the depth of the promise, or miracle, takes longer to happen because it is so deep and so great. So maybe the thing that God is working on in your life is going to take some time, because it is just that wonderful.
You typically see a greater return on financial investments after 25 years instead of six months. You see more weight loss after healthy eating for a year, and not just a week. You see more physical growth after steadily attending the gym for a year instead of just 4 weeks. So maybe if you haven’t heard your answer yet He is calling you to something deeper and further then you’ve gone before….and while I definitely agree with you that I wouldn’t like the process…the results might just be out of this world.