Daily Devos (February 19th)

““Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king’s food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.”” — Daniel‬ ‭1:12–13‬ ‭ESV

I’ve been on a Daniel fast since Wednesday with the missions department. And let me tell you, it’s been a bit of a struggle.

The diet is actually pretty vague, but there some general limitations most people do. So I can’t eat meat, any leavened bread (the normal, fluffy kind), any artificial sugars or sweets, no dairy, and no caffeine either. I can have fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, beans, and only water to drink. As a guy who’s eaten basically whatever, it’s been hard. Especially the caffeine part since I have around 1 to 3 cups/day.

But I think, aren’t we suppose to not like fasts? Because if we were comfortable with our fast, then does it really make an impact? With these limitations, I’ve prayed so much more and have given loads of praise to our God. Fasting helps me see a little sliver what it’s like NOT to have everything.

I’m not sure how this really helps you, (as the reader), but I wanted to share the fact that sometimes, we need to take away our comforts to remind ourselves of how much we should rely on God, even when we have our comfortable lives.

(Oh and side note, the fast ends tomorrow. 😄)

- Written by Harley Liechty, one of your fellow students at ORU