We are in day nineteen of our fast. And, yes! You may feel like you have literally been hiking up a mountain! Some days (I hope) you’ve felt rejuvenated and alive, like you were walking in a spring meadow on a beautiful, sunny day. Other days (I’m sure) you’ve felt more like you were stumbling through a dreary valley, hungry, exhausted, just trying to survive the day, and honestly … thinking of quitting. The reality is, we all experience ups and downs like that regardless of if we’re fasting or not. It’s life. But, this time—it’s for a purpose! You are almost there, and I promise, day 21 will be a “sunny” day, so don’t give up!
Why does it feel like I face more mountains of opposition and trials when I am fasting? Am I the only one that experiences this?
I encourage you to focus on how much you have accomplished so far. The beauty of fasting and prayer is that during this time, these diverse experiences help us look to God for His responses and perspective over our situations. What does He want us to see, feel, and learn through those circumstances? How much do we desire a breakthrough? How much do we trust in Him when facing opposition?
Opposition will come, but our God is greater. “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power, his understanding is beyond measure” (Psalm 147:5).
I have been fasting for years and I can tell you that this does not necessarily make it physically easier. However, I have learned to face opposition from a different perspective. As a child of God, I feel Him empowering me to face different mountains, and by faith ordain them to move (Matthew 17:20). Sometimes the hardest challenge is trying to be in control of the situations and emotions. Once you understand that is not by your strength, but by His power, then you can keep moving forward, and face opposition with confidence!
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31
Remember, when Satan tested Jesus the first thing he said was, “If you are the son of God…” “IF.” Stand strong in your identity as a child of God. You have a heavenly Father who sees all and His Spirit abides in you. There is no reason to fear. Fasting removes fear from you.
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31