Day 7: Choices Tested
When you make the choice to fast, temptations and distractions will come. That bite of pizza or birthday cake will come your way. A temptation to sin or fold under the weight of calamity will come. If you have not already made up your mind to honor God no matter the consequences, then you will most likely compromise. That is why Ecclesiastes 12 says to, “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come.” There will come a day when your responses to God and the choices you have made will be tested.
That day came for Job. Satan came to test him to his core. In one single day Job lost everything that he cared about and loved. His children, his servants, his herds, his properties … all destroyed in the blink of an eye. Hearing that news: Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.” In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. —Job 1:20–22
That so amazes me. I cannot imagine how my heart would break if something happened to just one of my children. Job immediately demonstrated the outward signs of mourning in that culture, but the powerful thing was what he demonstrated from the inside: he fell to the ground …and worshiped. In the face of utter calamity and loss, his heart was already prepared to worship God no matter what. Even our brokenness and great pain can be poured out on the feet of Jesus as an offering of worship. There always comes a day of testing. That is when the value of a made-up mind truly counts.
When Job was younger and stronger, he responded to his Redeemer and made right choices that prepared him for the hard times so that he would not waiver in the face of such utter loss. He made up his mind that no matter what, he would praise his God.
That is why the writer of Ecclesiastes said to “remember your Creator in your youth,” when your head is clear and the burdens of this life have not taken hold. As you set your mind that you will not compromise during a fast, you build confidence and endurance that can carry you through the trials and battles that come.
Make up your mind to go after God with all your heart. Set aside times of fasting and prayer, seeking to know Him better.
January 12, 2013 | Permalink