From Brazilian theologian Ruben Alves, in I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body, pg. 33. Quoted in Compassionate Ministry.
Sometimes we would like to know what God is made of. To know his sacred substance. And many pages of theological books and catechisms have been written to describe the marvelous properties of God’s flesh…
Waste of time. The Christians discovered that this man, Jesus of Nazareth, is God’s answer to the question “Who are you?” And he answers us, not with a treatise on anatomy/physiology, but by telling us about his desires. God is love. And he tells us about his dream of love. He places it alive, among us. Jesus of Nazareth is God’s desire. He is his choice. A lovelier, more beautiful, more delightful thing there cannot be.
Tomorrow I begin a five day fast which I will attempt to have go from dawn to dusk (fair warning for my writing this week). It’s something my Church is requesting but I had planned on doing (an admittedly shorter one) anyways; I’ve got some big things I think are happening in my life and fasting is a good way to get close to God and make sure I’m on the right path. Fasting has shown to be fruitful and it has biblical foundations. I put some verses below to turn to throughout the week and to help anyone else that might be fasting.
Psalm 69:10 “When I wept in my soul with fasting, It became my reproach.”
Joel 2:12-15 “Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping and mourning; and rend your heart and not your garments.” Now return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in loving kindness and relenting of evil.
Nehemiah 1:4 “When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
Ezra 8:22-23 …”The hand of our God is favorably disposed to all those who seek Him, but His power and His anger are against all those who forsake Him.” So we fasted and sought our God concerning this matter, and He listened to our entreaty.
Mark 9:29 And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out by anything but prayer.”
PS Getting hangry at people when you aren’t dealing well with a fast is not acceptable to the Lord but can definitely be a challenge. (Isaiah 58:3-7) Keep an eye out for it, and when you’re hungry pray. If you make a mistake, humble yourself and apologize. We all make mistakes but we just want to make sure we keep honoring the Lord in the process.