Prisoners set free
God sets the prisoners free.
Psalm 146: Verse 7
I have been a Christian now for a good many years, and I have never heard anyone preach a sermon on this text. I have often felt that my soul has been bound in a spiritual prison. I have been keenly aware of God hedging me in, kept a prisoner within confines that He alone has set.
There may be many others who feel 'trapped' in their spiritual lives. I have seen many a parent experiencing it when, instead of being involved in just about everything that happened within their church, they were confined at home to look after their young children. Others, perhaps through pressures at work plus having to cope with a young family after work, simply do not seem to have the energy or zeal that they once had for the things of God.
There may be Pastors who have served in their present congregation for a number of years, but, gradually, things have "dried up," and they find themselves getting into a 'monotonous' routine with little vigor left for the task in hand. They may feel that it is time to move on, but until a call comes from on High they feel trapped by circumstance like prisoners.
There may be still
others who feel trapped by family commitments or stuck in places of employment
that they may not have a heart for. They long to be free and experience the
liberty of the children of God. But today the doors remain firmly closed.
The desire continued for
almost a decade, and - believe me my friend - it was a fervent desire. The
desire itself took up most of my waking hours. I thought of nothing else.
Today I praise God for closed doors!
It takes courage to ask God to open doors. But I believe it takes even greater courage to ask Him to keep other doors locked! Our desires, though genuine enough can be so wrong! Admitting we are wrong is not something that we are good at.
One of my favourite
films of all time is 'The Great Escape.' Knowing my rebellious nature, if I
had been part of that group of prisoners of war, I am sure that I would have
been Chairman of the Escape Committee.
We try to justify
ourselves by saying it's a step in faith, when in reality it is presumption!
My friend, please do not make the same mistakes that I have made.
I know that it is a difficult posture to assume when your insides are almost exploding with impatience, but let God be the One to open the door.
If God shut the door on the Apostle Paul's attempt to go to Asia then again to Bithynia shall He not do likewise for you and I? If God wants us to be in 'Troas', then be sure that all other doors which lead not to Troas will remain closed!
God does all things well.
His timing is perfect,
His way is perfect the only problem is that sometimes WE get in His way! Let
the all-seeing, all powerful, all knowing God set you free in the way that He
In a very true sense we are all prisoners of sin. The Christian is daily perplexed by the shackles of sin. We long to be free from sin, not just cleansed from it. The Christian longs for Home. He lives to die because that is the door that leads to the Land of Beulah.
It will not be long my
friend before each one of us will bid farewell to this scene of time. Sin will
be left behind and then we shall truly know the blessing God commands - life
that shall never end.
Perhaps today He has
allowed you to start your 'long walk to freedom.' The Truth shall set you
free. God is Truth. His Word is Truth. Live by it and you shall be free
Iain Mackenzie Edited by : Pastor Al Moak