Day Eleven – The Reward of Fasting
Fasting Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
“But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:17-18 ESV)
We have already seen that when it comes to fasting (and anything else in life) motives matter to our God. He cares not only that we do the right things, but that we do them with a right heart. The purpose of our fasting cannot be to gain the praise and approval of those around us, nor can it be performed as a means to manipulate God, as if our fasting somehow obligates him to bless us in whatever ways we think are best. God will not honor fasting that is done to impress people; nor will he be treated like a vending machine, where we insert the coin of fasting and expect to be entitled to whatever blessing we choose.
But when our fasting flows from a right heart and is carried out with right motives we can expect to receive reward from God. It might be that as we humble ourselves before our Father through times of fasting, that He rewards us with victory over a sin struggle in our lives. Or it may be that we experience an answer to prayer or are granted greater clarity and direction in an area where we need guidance. It could also be that we see God provide for us or open up new opportunities to us. Or it may be (and this would be the greatest reward of all!) that God opens our eyes to see Him more clearly and gives us soul-satisfying glimpses of his glory. Ultimately, when we seek God through fasting, we can trust that God will reward us in the ways that he knows are best and we can be assured that the greatest reward he can give us is more of himself.
Reflection: Rather than dictating to God how he should reward you, take a moment and pray that God would purify your motives in fasting and bless you in the ways that he knows are best.