Day Fourteen: Fasting with a Focus
Fasting Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018
“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Write these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.’ And so he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.” (Exodus 34:27-29 ESV)
For forty days Moses had been meeting with God – experiencing his presence, receiving instruction, and hearing him speak – and during this time, the prophet neither ate bread nor drank water. The Scripture doesn’t indicate that this fast was commanded by God; rather, it seems as if while on the mountain communicating with his Creator, the allure of the physical simply faded in the midst of such an intimate encounter. Moses wanted to hear from God more than he wanted to fill his stomach. And really, who stops to snack when God’s voice is speaking directly to you? And when the forty days were finished and Moses came back down from the mountain, he was a changed man. His very countenance was transformed, giving clear evidence that he had been in the presence of the Lord.
Although you likely don’t have the luxury of disappearing to the mountains for a month, your time of fasting is still an opportunity to intentionally give undivided attention to the God who created you and who called you into relationship with himself. Don’t waste your fasting by being preoccupied with trivial distractions and failing to truly carve out time to be with God. Just as God had words to share with Moses, he has words to share with you – words that if you trust them and take them to heart, can change your very countenance.
Reflection: Is it easy or hard for you to believe that the same God who spoke to Moses is able and willing to speak to you?