God takes us through each season in our lives, teaching us new things about himself, ourselves, and each other. We can look back and see how faithful God has been. We go through joyful seasons of blessing, and difficult seasons of growth, which equip us for the next season.
But then we start wearing chains.
At some point we enter a season where we feel like we are trudging along with heavy chains and shackles locked on our feet. We feel trapped, locked up, held back and can’t see past our chains. Well chains don’t look good on me and no offense, but they don’t look good on you either.
They might have worked for rappers in the 80’s and 90’s but barely.
These chains might be our past, a temptation, a difficult relationship, a physical sickness or pain, fear, bitterness, and I can go on. I’m not talking about problems with a quick solution. There’s the drive through trial and then there’s the DMV trial. The line never moves. The guilt never goes away. The sin continues luring us in. The fear builds a block wall keeping us from where we want to go. The chains begin to chaff our ankles and we are tired.
We pray, and it’s still there.
We worship, and it’s still there.
We get advice from others and it’s still there.
It’s easy to feel hopeless during this season. We can become bitter and cynical in our circumstances. We start blaming God for our situation and withdrawal from God when we need him most.
If we want to be free we need keep running towards God, not away.
There is no formula or step by step instruction to free you from your bondage.Sometimes we just have to cling to God with all we have left. This is a moment that changes us forever, making us realize we never knew what it meant to be solely dependent on God to survive.
Don’t give up! God is fighting for us! He is able to do more than we can ask or imagine! (Eph 3:20) Remember, ” Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph 6:12)
God meets us and loves us where we are, in our pain, and with our chains, not matter how ugly they are.
We don’t need to be a victim of our circumstances. Even with these chains, let’s come before God and ask him if he wants us to hang on and he will carry us through, or if there are some change we need to make. God wants to free us but we also need to want to be freed. Having our chains removed can be painful;Especially if we have been used to wearing them for a long time. We need to surrender.
If you find you are in a difficult season, know that God wants to break your chains. He can see your whole life and will bring something great out of this season. He wants you to look back on your life and see His faithfulness! He wants you to be free! We need to persevere, claim victory over our lives, and surrender to our God.
Be still before God. Know he is good. He has always loved you, and always will.
“For God will break the chains that bind his people and the whip that scourges them, just as he did when he destroyed the army of Midian with Gideon’s little band. In that day of peace, battle gear will no longer be issued. Never again will uniforms be bloodstained by war. All such equipment will be burned. For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:4-7