Freedom is best lived when you’re cared for.
I am a freedom lover. (Not to be confused with liberal — I am not all that liberal.) I cherish the freedom that living in America has afforded me my whole life. I can say my oppositions to whomever and whatever I so choose at any given time. I can make my likes and loves known, even if not a single person really cares. (Who really wants to know how much I enjoy salsa this week? The answer is slim to none.) I have the freedom to move about from state to state, city to city, home to home. I have the freedom to select any career path and pursue it. Then, if I change my mind I can start all over. I have the freedom to shop wherever I want. I have the freedom to love whomever I want. I have the freedom to laugh, to smile, and to cry whenever and wherever. I have the freedom to live in a way that allows me to choose what I want. America is the land of the free. That’s something hard to argue against.
However, as much as I love America and my freedom that comes with being blessed to be an American citizen, I love my freedom in the Lord even more. The Lord my God said in Jeremiah 15:11, “The Lord said: I will certainly set you free and care for you. I will certainly intercede for you in a time of trouble, in your time of distress, with the enemy.”
Let that sink in for a moment. God says He will do three things for you here:
1. He will set you free.
2. He will care for you.
3. He will intercede for you.
Now, if you have been brought up in church or attend church now, you have probably heard the sermon about how God set us free from our bondage to sin through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. The consuming, merciful, forgiving love of Christ is what broke our chains. He is what rescues us from slavery to sin, and all that encompasses. So, there is God’s first promise: He sets us free.
This second point is where I sometimes skew the promise. It seems that I constantly am begging God to care for me. I am constantly asking Him to please, please, please do this or do that or take care of me in this situation or that one. It gets to where it almost seems as if I don’t believe His promise that He will care for me and am trying to convince Him to make that promise over and over again. I don’t need to convince the Lord my God of anything, and certainly not of something He promised long ago. He doesn’t just set us free and wish us well. He sets us free and takes care of us. It’s like taking care of a baby deer for so long that it doesn’t know anything different than captivity, then just letting it go in the middle of a forest. It would be lost. It wouldn’t understand how to find food or interact with other animals. God doesn’t just drop us off in a forest of the unfamiliar and let us attempt to figure it out on our own. He promises to care for us, as lost as we may seem to be in our new, unparalleled freedom that we find in Him.
God promises, also, to intercede for us. I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big fan of confrontation in my own life. I don’t particularly like being involved in drama, either. However, if a loved one of mine needs me, I will intercede for them as best as I know how. God does this to us as our loving, caring, merciful Father — and on a much, much bigger scale. God intercedes on our behalf against the enemy, which is Satan and sin. What I find particular comfort in is the part where God says He will intercede for us in our distress. I have a bad habit of getting stressed about most things. A big test? Stressed. Friends fighting? Stressed. Sick family members? Stressed. Lost loved ones? Stressed. Over obligated schedule? Stressed. The list goes on and on. Additionally, I let people hurt me at their discretion. I’m one of those people who internalize pain and keep loving and giving despite that hurt. God sees that and He steps in on my behalf in that distress. God promises to intercede for me when I am in distress, which I take to mean He will take that distress and turn it into peace — if I keep my faith and hope in Him, that is.
Freedom is a beautiful, precious thing. To capitalize on freedom, seek God. Take Him at His word from Jeremiah 15:11. For remember, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Let Him care for you. Let Him intercede in life for you. Let Him fill you with peace.
According to Moshe Dayan, “Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.” So, let your soul breathe in deep. Breathe in God. He is the One with the breath of life, after all.