Have you ever tried to carry something that looked lighter than it actually was and ended up needing help from others to lift it? Maybe it was a boxed item off the shelf at a store, or maybe it was a piece of furniture at your house. Maybe it wasn’t something physical you needed help with, as much as it was emotional and spiritual. Maybe you felt the weight of the pandemic on an emotional and mental level and were in need of strength outside yourself.
In the same way, there is nothing like fasting to remind you of your weakness, but there is also nothing like fasting to remind you where real strength is found. The Psalmist points us to the true source of strength when he declares in Psalm 62:11,“God said this once and for all; how many times have I heard it repeated? ‘Strength comes straight from God’” (MSG).
At times, all of us can live under the illusion that we have what it takes to handle whatever comes our way, but seasons of fasting remind us that only through dependence on God can we truly overcome. In John 15:5, Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (NIV). And the Apostle Paul reminds us that Christ is our source of strength in every season and situation, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13)!
God has all the strength you need, and as you seek Him, you will see His strength flow into your life in a new and dynamic way. So, as you continue this fast be encouraged that though you may feel weak, He is making you stronger.
Psalm 62:11 (ESV)
Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God,
Psalm 28:7 (ESV)
The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
Philippians 4:13 (ESV)
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Isaiah 40:29 (ESV)
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.