Dear Brethren of Christ the King,
I offer one humble Advent thought and perhaps our final lesson from the Garden fast of Adam and Eve. It is connected to Advent waiting.
One aspect of Adam’s sinful eating is that he failed to trust God for his future. The serpent convinced Adam God was holding out on Him. Adam lacked imagination for a greater future if he would patiently wait.
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:9-13
Fasting forces us in a small way to forgo fulfilling desire for a future of greater good. It adds substance to our requests and intercessions to accomplish God’s good for us. And perhaps, by the Lord’s grace, we can transfer this discipline to the rest of life. Saying ‘no’ to desire will cultivate an internal disposition and habit of not grasping in impatient and inappropriate ways for what we need and desire having faith that our God, the Lover of mankind, will manage our life and blessing in the right way at the best time as may be most expedient for us. This is a great discipline to possess and will serve us well in all of life.
May our faithful abstinence and fasting this day help the desert to bloom! Even so, come. Lord Jesus!