“Come Home”

Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

Matthew 9:14-15

“Brian, get home, we’ve got people coming over for dinner.”

I know what my wife means. She wants me to stop being a minister and start being a maid. It’s time to clean up the house.

When expecting company, we take time to clear out the clutter.

It’s no secret we live littered lives. Our time gets cluttered with too many commitments. We drown out God’s voice with constant chatter. Even our food is stuffed with preservatives. And we get used to the mess.

One man wrote after observing Americans, “We are afraid to be awake, afraid to be alone, afraid to be a moment without the noise and confusion we call entertainment.” You’d think that quote came from the iPad generation, but it was written by John Steinbeck in the 60s.

Fasting isn’t just about abstaining from food or entertainment. It’s an active cleansing. It’s clearing away the carnal clutter built up after days, months, and years of treasuring the temporary over the eternal. When we fast, our physical hunger reminds us of a spiritual longing for the bridegroom to return. We practice the discipline so that when he returns, when our long-awaited company arrives, we have a space ready for him.

Meditate on the song, “Hungry” by Kathryn Scot

Hungry I come to you

For I know you satisfy

I am empty but I know

your love does not run dry

So I wait for you

So I wait for you

I’m falling on my knees

Offering all of me

Jesus you’re all this heart is living for

Broken I run to you

For your arms are open wide

I am weary but I know

Your love does not run dry

So I wait for you

So I wait for you