Day 18 - Rediscovering the Christmas Season
Reading Isaiah 58 it would appear that God's is not into fasting. Before you think I've gone off my rocker. I know that fasting is a necessary spiritual discipline. But with the whole of Christian life God's is not into empty rituals that don't bring life change.
Growing up in church I came to think that fasting was all about twisting God's arm. A way to show God that this prayer was important. This time you see God I'm adding to my words sacrifice. I'm giving up a meal.
But fasting is not a silver bullet to getting the answer we want from God. In fact Isaiah says that if our hearts are not right in our fast "our prayers won't get off the ground" (v4).
I firmly believe now that fasting is more about changing our hearts than changing God's mind. God through Isaiah describes the result of a God type fast:
6 “This is the kind of fast day I’m after:
to break the chains of injustice,
get rid of exploitation in the workplace,
free the oppressed,
7 What I’m interested in seeing you do is:
sharing your food with the hungry,
inviting the homeless poor into your homes,
putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad,
being available to your own families.
8 Do this and the lights will turn on..