Week of May 29
"I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts." ~ Psalm 119:45
God's freedom has little to do with the world's freedom. Knowing and living out His truth is the only way we can be assured His peace, His rest, His protection.
And like this psalmist, when we walk closely with God, seeking Him with our whole heart and moving in careful obedience, God delights in us; He hears us; He rescues us.
Have you noticed that at some point in every journey—whether work-related or personal—circumstances will cause us to either flee immediately or to rise up, stand boldly and confront that which comes against God's purposes and plans for us? The attack can come in many forms—false accusation, persecution, fear, disrespect, strife, disorder, confusion, lack of funds, brick walls, etc.
But there comes a time when God says, "No more!" There comes a time when, if we don't give up and we remain close to God, He shows up with a mighty shift and deals with the enemy, either by quelling the torment or promoting us out of the situation entirely, all to His glory.
I love these pivotal moments when God frees us up to complete His mission. They are "sudden" transformations, crescendos, thrilling and certainly a relief.
Freedom literally means "a wide space" as in unconfined by affliction or oppression (Ps. 119:45 NIV note).
To be delivered from heaviness in an instant is what Noah, Moses, Elisha, Joseph, Daniel, David, Jesus and others, who were committed to our Heavenly Father, knew. Each one leaned upon Father God during their very unique and difficult circumstances.
Consider Daniel. Though he was intelligent, fit, gifted, noble and had the favor of God upon him, he still found himself held in captivity by a Babylonian king in a foreign land (Dan. 1). Yet God was in control. Daniel was set up by God in new territory, desperately dependant upon Him for direction and freedom.
God had a purpose. And along with this "set up" came a set time. God was about to expound His glory in a new way through a terrified Daniel who experienced several encounters with God and witnessed his enemys' defeat over a pre-ordained period of time.
Daniel 10:12 says, " . . . ‘Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.'"
Indeed, God's promises were fulfilled and His strategies to freedom broke through in His due time. God will even send his mighty angels to fight our battles and conquer our enemies once and for all to bring restoration and reward.
God ultimately positioned a faithful Daniel to be rewarded by the very earthly king that held him captive (Dan. 2) and to receive his allotted inheritance (Dan. 12:13).
God is always in control. He will never forsake us in torrid circumstances if we, like Daniel, exercise wisdom and surrender our hearts to Him.
If you find yourself currently in some form of captivity, know that if you turn to God with all your heart and carefully obey his directives, he will hear you and deliver you into His freedom, just like He did for Daniel.
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ. This devotional was adapted from Margaret's forthcoming book, Enduring Grace. All rights reserved.