Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. – Luke 6:21
We all know the phrase “pay me now, or pay me later.” It means that a sacrifice now may prevent a greater expense down the road. It is the concept of wise investing for the future. Some times, that investment of time, money, energy, study, or even relationship building, can be difficult to make in “the now.” We may find ourselves saying, “I’ll do it later,” or “Let’s just wait until we have more, so it won’t be so painful to do without that portion,” but that time never seems to come and the investment opportunity is lost.
Hunger doesn’t wait. It is a constant, unrelenting reminder that there is a debt to be paid (to an angry, growling stomach). The practice of fasting helps us take that experience – in that moment – to invest in the needs of others, to focus on what is really important, and to worship God and give thanks in a way that will reap far-reaching rewards.