Freedom. It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not. When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything. Over the next 31 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.
Here is day two with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can live free from anguish.
Free From Anguish
“In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free.“
Psalm 118:5 (NIV)
What are some things that tend to concern you to the point of anguish? Are they issues that are caused by others or yourself . . . or some of both? At what point in your life does concern or despair lead to anguish? If you are currently experiencing the distress of anguish, what would it take to free you from it? How would gazing into the perfect law of God free you from the anguish you experience? How will you help others once you experience the freedom God promises.
Many times it is in the depths of despair that we learn to cry out to God seeking to be free from the anguish we find our self in. Life has a way of pressing against us and there are times when we feel as if we are surrounded by enemies that intend to harm us. As we gaze into the law of God, we find a hope that frees us from the hopelessness that deep anguish brings. As you pray, ask God to fill you with His hope when everything around you looks hopeless. Pray that you would look up to Him when you find yourself in the depths of despair. Pray that your response to being set free would give others hope in their anguish.