“I will break the yoke of bondage from your neck and tear off the chains…” Nahum 1:13
This verse from the old testament prophet spoke of the ancient oppression of the Assyrians. The Lord promised his people that their freedom would come from his hand. So what does that have to do with us today?
We can be chained by pain from our past. Wounds caused by the actions of others whom we still haven’t forgiven or poor choices we made and their consequences, but often our bondage comes in the form of patterns we’ve developed to cope with daily life.
I love what author, Mary DeMuth, wrote in her devotional Jesus Every Day. Her words grabbed me with their simple truth.
“…the chains and yokes have become terribly familiar to me, like companions I nurture instead of anomalies I should shun. They are my normal. And so without even knowing it, I walk around shackled, and I can’t even see where they’re cutting my soul anymore.”
We all have those places that we don’t even recognize.
They can cause us to:
- Get stuck in unhealthy ways of relating
- Excuse our destructive behaviors
- React unreasonably to the words or actions of others
- Over react in common situations
- Become isolated or suspicious of others
- Feel haunted by our past
God wants to free us.
He uses his word, his presence and other people to do so. Connecting with a trusted, wise leader or good friend who will speak truth to us even if it hurts can reveal those hidden places of bondage and start us on a road to freedom.
Unfortunately, that can be scary.
We don’t like to be nudged outside our comfort zone. And as Mary writes in her “Chains” devotion Day 179, we like what has become normal for us because it’s how we navigate our lives.
“It’s like a comfortable blanket.”
The thing is, we might think those chained areas are secure, but they keep us from the abundant life God has for us. They keep us from good, healthy relationships with people who love us. They rob us by making our world very, very small.
So, I’m asking God to reveal those places to me that need to be freed up and changed. I’m trusting God can and will do it.
Will you join me?