“Free at Last, Free at Last, Thank God almighty we are free at last!” Powerful words from our past that will ring in the hearts of millions for generations to come.
The same words I am sure Jeremiah used upon his release from the bonds of captivity. What have you been set free from? Are you still sitting in a jail cell of your own making? Have you been released from your captivity or even the mere THOUGHT of captivity? And I’m not talking here about physical captivity. I am speaking to the captive that lives inside of YOU.
Jeremiah 40:1-6 – The word came to Jeremiah from the Lord after Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard had released him at Ramah. He had found Jeremiah bound in chains among all the captives from Jerusalem and Judah who were being carried into exile to Babylon. 2 When the commander of the guard found Jeremiah, he said to him, “The Lord your God decreed this disaster for this place. 3 And now the Lord has brought it about; he has done just as he said he would. All this happened because you people sinned against the Lord and did not obey him. 4 But today I am freeing you from the chains on your wrists. Come with me to Babylon, if you like, and I will look after you; but if you do not want to, then don’t come. Look, the whole country lies before you; go wherever you please.” 5 However, before Jeremiah turned to go, Nebuzaradan added, “Go back to Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has appointed over the towns of Judah, and live with him among the people, or go anywhere else you please.”
We are creatures of free will, able to come and do as we please and sometimes the easy way isn’t always the right way. Jeremiah had two choices: 1) Go to Babylon, live the life of comfort, but be hated by the exiles for telling them the truth and them not listening. 2) Go back to hardship, to Judah, remain poor and unwanted but not ridiculed any longer.
Which way would you go? Jeremiah chose Judah, his home. Everyone else was being led away as slaves, but Jeremiah was FREE. Jeremiah was imprisoned and abused by his own people, but God used the enemy to bless him. God is not limited to the physical. Walk in your freedom!! But walk in the RIGHT direction!
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To further your reading, consider this from:
25 And the answer will be: “It is because this people abandoned the covenant of the Lord, the God of their ancestors, the covenant he made with them when he brought them out of Egypt. 26 They went off and worshiped other gods and bowed down to them, gods they did not know, gods he had not given them. 27 Therefore the Lord’s anger burned against this land, so that he brought on it all the curses written in this book. 28 In furious anger and in great wrath the Lord uprooted them from their land and thrust them into another land, as it is now.”
We need to be very careful and mindful that the roads we travel are roads laid out by God. We live in precarious times and so many walk around thinking they are guaranteed tomorrow and we are not. What road are you taking today? Are you still in bondage? You have been set free by the blood of Jesus so WALK IN YOUR FREEDOM! Don’t throw it all away just to please the world.
Related Scriptures: Daniel 9:11; Galatians 5:1; Psalm 119:45