2024 21 Day Fast Devotional — Day 6: Fasting Is A Private Sacrifice
“Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.” – Exodus 34:28-29 (NIV)
When we think of greatness, especially in sports, we often envision individuals born with extraordinary talents that set them apart. It’s hard to imagine that the person many consider the greatest basketball player of all time was once cut from his high school team. At 15, Michael Jordan was cut from his team. Reflecting on this, his coach at the time stated, “There was no doubt that Mike Jordan could handle the ball, but his shooting was merely good and his defense mediocre.” These are surprising words to describe the future GOAT of basketball.
However, most people don’t remember Michael for being cut but for his 6 NBA championships, six NBA Finals MVPs, five NBA regular season MVPs, ten All-NBA first teams, nine-time NBA All-Defensive first teams, fourteen All-Star teams, and three All-Star Game MVPs. Michael’s early setback led to two significant outcomes. First, it fueled his intense private work ethic, ensuring that being cut wouldn’t define him. Second, it paved the way for his accolades.
This principle applies not just to sports, but also to our spiritual journey. In dedicating ourselves to fasting, God works within us privately, allowing others to witness the transformation publicly. Moses spent 40 days and nights with the Lord on Mount Sinai. He heard from God, communed with Him, and received the Ten Commandments that guide our lives today. This private encounter enabled Moses to lead effectively and it visibly transformed him; the Bible tells us he radiated in a way that others could see. Similarly, when we fast, we strengthen ourselves privately to shine for Christ publicly. Time dedicated to God is never wasted; the unseen sacrifices produce visible results.
Prayer and Reflection:
We encourage you not to take this time lightly. In your private moments with God, He can initiate changes that will visibly alter how others perceive you. Don’t let your past dictate what God plans to do next in your life. Even if you’ve struggled with fasting before, commit to it this year and watch how God makes you shine.