A New Freedom

Bible Reading: Isaiah 49:8-12

We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

Many of us have lived life with a recurrent sense of dissatisfaction. There's a hunger and thirst inside that just can't be filled. Our problems seem like mountains, far too big for us to scale. Our own shortcomings seem like deep, dark valleys; they lead us away from all the positive goals we've set. We set out to deal with the mountains in life and find ourselves going down into the deep valleys of old patterns and addictions. Will we ever break free and find a better way?

God has said, "I will say to the prisoners, ‘Come out in freedom,' and to those in darkness, ‘Come into the light.' They will be my sheep, grazing in green pastures and on hills that were previously bare. They will neither hunger nor thirst. The searing sun will not reach them anymore. For the Lord in his mercy will lead them; he will lead them beside cool waters. And I will make my mountains into level paths for them. The highways will be raised above the valleys" (Isaiah 49:9-11).

God can free us from the constant hunger and thirst by providing new sources of nourishment for our souls. In his mercy, he will provide refreshing streams to satisfy us deeply. With God's help, some of the problems that now seem insurmountable will become approachable. He will help us find alternate routes to our goals without having to go back down the paths of addiction. We still have to face life's ups and downs. We still have to take the steps forward. But he can show us a new highway, above the valleys, which will lead us to where we want to go.

True freedom is discovered as God nourishes the hunger in our souls.