Day Eighteen: A Satisfying Portion
Fasting Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:25-26 ESV)
We live in a culture that continually turns to earthly pleasures and worldly treasures in search of satisfaction. The message and mantra that surrounds us is that more is better, that new is necessary, and that we should pursue and indulge in whatever we believe will make us happy. But when we seek from created things what can only be found in the Creator, we are left empty and unsatisfied. The stuff of earth, though often enjoyable, was never meant to be the source of our true and lasting joy. Accumulating possessions and pursuing pleasurable experiences may dull our appetite, but will never satisfy our deepest hunger. God created us in such a way that he alone can fulfill us; anything less will ultimately fail us.
One of the benefits of fasting is that is provides us with a time to purposefully pause and remind ourselves not to get caught up in the current of the culture or to buy the lie that adding more “stuff” to our lives will somehow satisfy our longings. As we intentionally limit the types and portions of food that we eat, it is an ideal opportunity to reflect on the truth that God himself is the only portion that will satisfy the true hunger of our souls. Fasting is a time to declare to our Creator that, whether we know it or not, there really is nothing on earth we desire besides him.
Reflection: Take an honest look at your life. Would you say that you have an accumulation addiction? Do you routinely seek satisfaction from material things?