by Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of March 18, 2018
“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 experience His peace, His rest, His protection.
And like this psalmist, when we walk closely with God, seeking Him with our whole heart, 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 can cause us to either flee or rise up, stand boldly and confront that which comes against God’s purposes and plans for us? Attacks can come in many forms—false accusations, persecution, fear, disrespect, strife, disorder, confusion, 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 to complete His mission with Him. They are “sudden” shifts, crescendos, 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. Although 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 Daniel, who experienced several encounters with God and witnessed his enemy's 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.’"
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.
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 will never forsake us in torrid circumstances if we, like Daniel, exercise wisdom and surrender our hearts to Him.
If you find yourself 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.
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