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God's Sleeper

The end of a year is always slightly sentimental. One cannot help looking back at the year that has just gone past be it with joy, sorrow or most likely a bit of both. Simultaneously the future flickers with its own anxieties and opportunities. As I try to unravel the various threads that have woven themselves into the fabric of my life this past year, one that I would share with you is the concept of freedom.

In different times and places this concept has kept challenging and stretching my understanding of how God works with us and through us. I remember a senior saint at the end of what to him was a fairly unconventional service remarking that there was a limit to freedom! Try as I might I cannot find a scripture to back that up.

Indeed if anything the record of God’s dealing with man seems to indicate the opposite. God as it were seems to have given man the freedom to make his own choices, both good and bad and appears extremely reluctant to intervene when in the exercise of that freedom man makes some horrendous options.

For the Christian however there is the additional element that he has been freed to abundant life, familiar words and yet I confess strangely foreign concepts to most of us, myself included for the most part. In all honesty I don’t feel ‘free’ very often, sometimes one barely feels alive! Most of the Christians I know do not look very free either.

Last week I read about how Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, Phillip Yancey points out how the Lord gave him life, while the others around had to release him from the grave clothes. In that little vignette it all seemed to come into focus. The Lord gives life and freedom, and yet the experience of that in your life could rest on my faithfulness in removing the bandages that bind you.

To a great extent the church at large has bound rather than released, I trust and pray that if our paths crossed this past year the experience helped to release rather that bind, and that in the year to come we would free rather than bind. God forbid that we should be the ‘living dead’.

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Nathan Andrews 

 
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