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 30 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 three with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, are free to approach God.
Free To Approach God
“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.“
Ephesians 3:12 (NIV)
Are there people that you would like to talk with but are afraid to approach them? Who are some people, or positions, that you would not feel free to approach? Why? For you, what tends to make some people more approachable than others? Do you think people find you easy to approach about anything? How would believing someone knows everything about you, and loves you beyond measure, influence your willingness to approach them for advice and friendship?
I live with a fear of people. Not a normal fear of scary people, or bad people, or even unknown people; but an autistic fear of interaction with people. Some people have a mistrust of people and a similar fear of God that keeps them from feeling free to approach Him. God has given us His Word so that we may gaze into it in order to find the freedom to approach Him. As you pray, ask God to help you put aside the hindrances that keep you from freely approaching Him. Pray that you would know God through His Word in a way that leads you to know Him through relationship.