Fasting embodies denial and pursuit. The denial shows the pursuit worthy. The pursuit makes the denial meaningful. The pursuit may proceed without denial but, enjoined by denial, would quicken its pace. Many a religion exercises fasting to obtain something else e.g. purity of soul. Others pursue it as an end on their path toward nothingness. How then does Bible speak on this matter? Fasting is neither a mean to a certain end nor an end of our pursuit. It is not a way to achieve a desired end. It is not in itself something to be pursued for the sake of pursuing. Instead, it is a natural outgrowth of our pursuit of higher needs. Confronted with the pressing needs we voluntarily deny ourselves the basic subsistence. The pressing needs behoove us and so attract our entire being as to put other things to secondary—even the once primary supports of physical life. Our attention and pursuit is singularly turned to those needs for which we willingly degrade the rest. Put succinctly, we deny because we obtain. As suggested, the denial however must not stand alone unaccompanied by the pursuit. Otherwise, daily morning breakfast would itself have alluded a mere night sleep to fasting.
1. Bersyukur untuk pelayanan Tim Aksi Kasih (TAK) GRII untuk COVID-19 yang telah melayani pembagian Alat Pelindung Diri (APD) untuk 213 rumah sakit/puskesmas dan pembagian sembako di 31 provinsi di Indonesia. Berdoa kiranya melalui pelayanan ini, gereja dapat menjadi saluran kasih.