God is not standing over you with wooden spoon soaked in organic vegetable broth waiting for you to eat something not on “the list” so He can smack it out of your hand.
Instead, He’s standing next to you smiling and whispering “oh, the things I want to show you”. He’s cheering you on with His angels, excited that you’ve made a choice to free up some space in your day some space in your heart…
so that He can fill you up.
So, get ready,
…for God wants to tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own (Jeremiah 33:3 TheMessage)
God is gracious, not legalistic.
He wants your heart, not your ingredient list.
And though fasting is about self-discipline and sacrifice.
It is not about self-loathing and condemnation.
Don’t let the enemy convince you that you have failed if you have a moment of weakness (or ignorance) and break one of the “rules”.
God wants you to keep going,
not approaching Him with fear or timidity,
but with boldness and expectancy,
knowing that we will receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16 NIV).
You may have already begun to see the things God is longing to show you,
He may have already started answering your prayers.
For our God is a sweet and abundant God, never wanting to withhold any good thing from His children (Psalm 84:11 NASB).
And oh how he sees the desire of your heart to seek Him and how it brings Him great delight.