Have you ever asked yourself the question, “Why do we fast food?” Why can’t we fast going to work or school or doing chores? Well the question is the answer. If you have to ask why then it’s likely that food has become a powerful motivator in your life.
There is nothing inherently wrong with food. In fact the Apostle Paul speaks a lot on this subject defending our right to enjoy food and not be restricted by man’s laws. Yet what can be enjoyed can also be abused. Not everything we enjoy is beneficial for us.
As American’s we have created an entire category called “Comfort Food.” These are foods that make us salivate just thinking about them. (I’m sure a few of them are coming to mind right now.) They are foods we turn to when we need a pick me up. The problem is we can replace God as the source of our comfort, peace and joy with food.
In Genesis 3 when the serpent approached Eve and convinced her to rebel against God, he used food. By disobeying God and eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve we expelled from the Garden of Eden and their relationship with God was broken. They also lost their divine authority to rule over all God created, check out “Reclamation” for more about that.
Through their broken relationship with God humanity developed an incessant appetite for carnal desires that diminished their desire to know God. Yet God would not let anything keep us separated from Him for long. By sending His one and only son Jesus Christ to be a sacrifice for our sin, He restored a path back to a right relationship. Everything that was lost in the Garden of Eden was regained at the Cross!
The object that led mankind away from God has been redeemed and by fasting we break the interference the enemy continues to exert between us and God. When we fast food we deny the distracting influence of our flesh has over our spirit. We demonstrate that we will not be led by our carnal appetites “but by every word that comes from the mouth of God,’” Matthew 4:4.
Make fasting a regular part of your diet and keep life in balance, physically, emotionally and spiritually. When you feel your desire for spiritual things diminishing it’s time to get life in order by fasting.