Wednesday, July 18, 2018
What do you think of as a 'prison'? Is it the physical facility that holds convicted criminals? Or is it the strongholds in our lives that keep us from being who we may want to be or that God wants us to be? The strongholds in our lives can be physical limitations, emotional hurts, addictions to different vices, spiritual setbacks, or a many variety of chains that bind us down.
God is the 'chainbreaker' that is available to all of us. "Life’s circumstances change and sometimes we are humbled. Yet we can be hopeful and content knowing that there is One who has promised to never leave or forsake us. We can trust Him fully." [odb.org]
We must turn our eyes and hearts upon Jesus, rather than relying on our own strength. "I am prone to take action, in other words, not because I am a confident man of God, but because too often I have no confidence in God. I’m worse than someone who thinks “God helps those who help themselves” is an actual Bible verse. Part of my worry, of course, is not that God will abandon me, but that His purposes are different from my own. It seems that quite often what God expects from us is not bold speech or decisive action, but the very opposite: waiting, quiet endurance, and a persevering love that “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Cor. 13:7)." [intouch.org]
We all need the Lord’s courage. A courage that relies on Him to guide us where He would have us go, to give us words to speak and silence when our words aren’t needed. A courage that loses this life in order that He would save it. While we may experience physical or other kinds of limitations, what really matters is that we continue doing what we can for the Lord until He calls us Home.