Moving from the cheap seats to the front row
Can I make a simple observation that I think has profound implications? How big something looks doesn’t depend on how big it really is. It also depends on how far away you are! In other words, our perception of things depends on our distance from them.
A couple years ago we took our kids to the circus, but we had the cheap seats. They had a fun time, but were more caught up in the cotton candy and $10 dollar swords that would light up than they were interested in the circus, and I’ll tell you exactly why. The Elephants looked like ants. We were so far away that the elephants were unimpressive. If we’d been on the front row it would have been a totally different story. I’m pretty sure the kids would have been in awe. Why? Because size isn’t the only factor that determines how we perceive things. Distance is a huge factor.
Here’s my point. God is huge! But some of us are so far away from God that we’re non-impressed. Our problems seem so big and our God seems so small because we’re in the cheap seats! Let me tell you what sin does. It takes us further and further away from God until we’re in the last row of the top balcony. God seems smaller and smaller as we get farther and farther away from Him.
Fasting does the exact opposite. It brings us closer and closer to God so He gets bigger and bigger. God has a front row seat reserved for each of us.