Matthew 6:16-18 16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
For the 40 day fasting of Jesus what would be the thing that stirred in His soul? Keep in mind that even at the age of 12 He had a deep appetite for God’s Word and astounded the religious leaders for three days.
Jesus attended the wedding of some friends where He was asked to help with the wine shortage. He told His mother that the two of them were not on the same page. His heart was yearning for something deeper than getting wine. Keep in mind that the first thing that Jesus did when completing His fast was to start preaching and carried the message of Repentance all around Galilee. Matthew remarked in chapter 9 how He had compassion toward the crowds of Israelites, the sinners, the lost sheep of Israel.
Jesus was not just hungry from the lack of food when He fasted. He was hungry for the hurting, the frustrated, the confused, the neglected, the poor, the sick, the demon possessed. His passion was driven by compassion. Even though Peter asked Him to go away because he was a sinner, Jesus would not give up but called him to follow Him.
What are you hungry for? Where is your Mem, your stirring of the emotions? What is your heart aching for?
The hypocrites? They had a stirring of the emotions alright. They hungered for recognition. They hungered for the praises of man. They received their rewards and those rewards faded with them.
But, when we have hungers that involve God then our reward is great and will be seen by all. Why? God get’s the credit. He will reward you, but in such a way that all will want to know your secret.
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