They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.” Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast. (Luke 5:33-35)
In my novel, Denial of the Enemy, Riyel felt alone and unloved after her sister died. Headed down the wrong path, she prayed for God to change her. God sent her to the Island of Den Isle, to be with Jesus, and she learned He must be her bridegroom, the one to follow and love above all others, before she could seek meaningful friendships and romance.
Like Riyel, these particular Pharisees, newly turned Christian, were learning from Jesus. They wanted to know why Jesus’ disciples didn’t fast like other Jews. Since fasting is done during a season of prayer to be closer to God, Jesus explained his disciples had no reason to fast because they were already celebrating with the bridegroom, the human portion of our triune God. They would fast, seeking closeness again, when Jesus left.
Father God, help us to love you first. Your wisdom, power, and unconditional love help us get through the day with an abundance of energy and love so we can love and help others. Thank you for your grace and promise that if we seek Your Kingdom, you will provide for us. (Matthew 6:31-33)