There are two types of people in this world: Those who eat to live,
and those who live to eat.
As hard as I try, I am definitely
in the first category. No, I love my food too much. Therefore
when God put it on my heart to spend a day fasting and praying for
breakthrough in the life of a friend, I wasn't exactly excited by the
idea: "Ask me to do anything, Lord, but not
did not relent. In fact, He placed it on my heart to not only fast once,
but once a week until there was resolution in the situation!
my resistance for a one-time fast was fierce, it tripled in intensity at
this suggestion. "That could take weeks, Lord! And You know I tend to be
hypoglycemic, I need to take my medication (which, incidentally, must be
taken on a full stomach), pills taken with water always
in my throat, and I don't sleep well when I'm hungry!" And my list of
excuses went on and on, but I'll save you the boredom of having to read
them. Suffice is to say, I can balk as good as the worst donkey in the
God's response was always the same: "I will provide."
And so, I organized my first fast. I decided (without consulting
Him!) to avoid everything except fruit juice, which I proceeded to drink
in abundance. Oh, and I had to have that bite of crackers to take my
It wasn't easy, but the fruit juice gave my blood sugar
enough of a boost to not go hypoglycemic, and the crackers were enough
to keep the pills from getting stuck in my throat. And so I proceeded to
fast one day a week for the next couple of weeks.
my friend's situation was slow, however, and I realized by the end of
week four that I was in for the long haul. In fact, I began to wonder if
I'd ever be able to eat all 7 days in a week again.
As I was
contemplating these thoughts, it occurred to me that I actually wasn't
really doing a full fast at all. I could feel God pushing me to let go
of my fruit juice and crackers! Of course, my argument was the same as
before, so I won't write it out again; this time, however, I was
listening when God said, "I will provide."
I decided to take Him
at His word, and I did a total fast, with the only thing passing my lips
being water and my medication. Imagine my astonishment when those pills
stick in my throat, when they didn't upset my stomach
and when my blood sugar did not
plummet! I even started
sleeping well despite being hungry! And I had enough energy for the day.
Wow! God meant it when He said "I will provide."
Oh, and the next
day when I wasn't fasting, I tried to take those pills without food
again, and yup, you guessed it...they stuck in my throat!
for me is an ultimate sacrifice. It may not be so for everyone; however,
we all have things that turn out to be "ultimate sacrifices" when God
asks them of us. For example, how can I stay up and help that person in
need? Everyone knows I have
to have my sleep! Or how can I give
when I don't really have enough for myself? Or how can I have the time
to take my neighbor grocery shopping? Every moment of my day is
There are many more potential examples, but
the point is, we are all
required to sacrifice, and generally,
if it's an easy thing to do, it doesn't really fit the definition of
"sacrifice"! Therefore, although you may not be called by God to fast,
be called by Him to sacrifice in other ways, ways that
for you are more difficult.
Paul gives us some excellent
suggestions for what to do when God calls us to sacrifice:
in: "Remember this--a farmer who plants only a few
seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get
a generous crop."
(2 Cor. 9:6 NLT);
2. Give cheerfully:
"And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. 'For God loves a
person who gives cheerfully.'"
(2 Cor. 9:7 NLT);
Him to provide for the lack created by the sacrifice: "And God will
generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything
you need and plenty left over to share with others."
(2 Cor. 9:8
4. Expect God to bless
your sacrifice: "As the
Scriptures say, 'They share freely and give generously to the poor.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.' For God is the one who
provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he
will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great
harvest of generosity in you."
(2 Cor. 9:9-10 NLT).
God calling you to sacrifice in order to help others? Don't argue with
Him, just trust Him. And that same God who provides for all my
when I fast will provide for all your
needs as well, according
to His glorious riches, because God's glorious riches have been given to
US in Christ Jesus!
Isn't that what Paul is saying in Phil.
4:19? "And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your
needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author --
"Aboard God's Train
Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet
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