Day Eight: A Pleasure-Giving God
Fasting Date: Monday, February 12, 2018
“You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.”
(Psalm 4:7 ESV)
Our God is a giver of good gifts. He is a gracious Father who delights to bless his children and who has abundantly provided us with pleasures to experience in our lives, with one of those pleasures being food. Did you ever consider that God could have made food boring and bland? Have you ever stopped to think of how wonderful it is that God created us with taste buds so we could savor the flavors we are putting in our mouths? God chose to design things such that the food that we eat not only gives strength to our bodies, but also gives gladness to our hearts. Dining can indeed be delightful.
But the joy we find in food is but a shadow of the joy we are meant to experience in Jesus, the true bread from Heaven. The physical food that satisfies our bodies can’t compare with the way that God satisfies our souls. David expressed this reality in Psalm 4 saying that the joy others experienced when their grain and wine were in abundance paled in comparison to the joy he experienced in the presence of God. Fasting is a time when we voluntarily abstain from the fleeting pleasures that food brings so that we can feast our souls on the glories of God, finding in him a truer and more lasting satisfaction.
May your time of fasting lead you to linger in the presence of God so that you can say with certainty, “in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Reflection: What does it tell you about the character of God that He chose to make the food we eat not only a means of strengthening our bodies, but also a source of gladness to our hearts?