Freedom inside these walls
LORD, free me from this prison. Do you feel this, or have you ever felt like this? Let me tell you about others who came before us, who felt just that same feeling of despair.
All of the people I will speak of will be found in your Bible. First I will introduce them and where in the Bible they are found. Then I shall give a description of their detention.
Let’s begin with their names;
1. Joseph, sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, in the book of Genesis
2. Jeremiah, put into prison by officials for prophesying the fall of Jerusalem, in the book by his name.
3. John the Baptist, imprisoned for telling Herod of his mistake in taking a relative as a wife, in the book of Matthew.
4. Peter, imprisoned for spreading the gospel, in the book of Acts.
5. Paul, imprisoned for spreading the gospel as well, in the book of Phillipians.
There are more of course, but I want to include someone you know personally, you know of whom I am speaking of, a friend, relative, acquaintance, or perhaps yourself. What caused their, or your imprisonment? Is their a part of your life that still feels confined?
Let me tell you a story about a young boy. This boy did not have much in the way of material wealth growing up and some of his friends were in far worse shape. His friends were seldom seen, because their parents held hate within their hearts for this boy, this boy was not the same as they were, he was different. The neighborhood where the boy lived was riddled with neglect and crime. The community as a whole was ripe with despair. What could possibly keep this boy from being held captive for perhaps his entire life?
I will tell you in one word. Hope, it would be the hope of a future that would keep this boy optimistic. While others would complain of what they did not have, the boy would find promise in the discarded items of others. He had a talent for finding beauty in what others deemed worthless. Where do you suppose such foresight of remaining usefulness came from?
His mother would tell him, “If you don’t like what you have in life, it could be you're not appreciative of what you have.”
Let’s believe for a moment, that this child was not to be left in this pit of hopelessness. We can imagine someone who would intercede on his behalf and therein free him from his prison.
To be continued:
It was not intended for this child to dwell in poverty, despair and depression would not lay claim to him as well. This boy of 8 years in age would find comfort from the hands of saints and angels, his chief, worldly advocate being his mother, her love of him being unrivaled except by that of God. She would never allow harm to befall him in such a state of vulnerability.
A few times this child would embark on adventures, some on his own, and some were with the saints, more likely angels, a trip to the art museum, compliments of his school teacher. The boy’s trips to a swimming pool were another unexpected favor, provided by the kind acts of a family friend. Lastly, the boy enjoyed several excursions with close family friends and in an act of adoption; they served as surrogate grandparents, whose compassion and patience were of the LORD’s own hand
Remember the intervention of the Holy Spirit, when our own souls cry out, yet we do not know what to ask for or even how to ask.
Romans 8:26-27 (New International Version)
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. and he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.
I have two truths to share with you, one, the boy in this story is now the man writing it and two, the Liberator of my imprisonment was the Holy Spirit who dwells within me, as He did in those who interceded in my life. Our prison is whatever keeps us apart from the love of the LORD, even if we don’t yet understand who the LORD is, He sends us helpers, whether angels, or saints, they are there and they are real.
Now, back to the five prisoners I mentioned earlier, two were set free, one to become only second in command to Pharaoh and the other freed, then the latter, left unharmed by those who he prophesied about.
Of the remaining three, they would never have freedom from their jailers physically; in fact, they would die at the hands of executioners. There is just one thing though, I am without a doubt they would have had any part of their fate removed, for if they had, they would possibly never been freed from their captivity in this world, they no longer were a part of, changed forever in an instant through their meeting of our Savior.
Are you ready to be set free?