Day 112: Fighting the One Trying to Set You Free (April 22)

Have you ever seen a wild animal caught in a trap?  One day, Chris was out in the woods for work and he came across a bobcat who had been caught in a trap and had no way of escaping.  He was basically going to starve to death.  It was very obvious to Chris that the animal had been there a while.  But how do you think the bobcat acted toward Chris?  Do you suppose he lifted his head and said, “Thank you human for finding me.  Would you please come set me free?”

That’s a laughable scenario, but I want to use it to challenge you.

If you are caught up in the sin that so easily entangles, how do you respond to God or someone He send to come and help you out of the snare?  Are you grateful, or like a starving and hurt animal, do you attack anyone who dares to reach out a helping hand?

These are hard words, I know.  But for over a week, I haven’t been able to get the vision of a trapped animal out of my mind, and then hearing God say, “Lisa, stop fighting Me when I’m trying to free you.”

Wow.  That’s convicting.

I didn’t realize I was fighting the Hand that had come to rescue me.  Honestly, in this particular situation He spoke about, I thought I was fighting to keep faith and not give up and quit.  Unfortunately, I had let my attempts of faithfulness distract me from recognizing His hand at work in and around me.  Little did I know, I was actually fighting Him.

Lord, please forgive me.

Sometimes when we need to be rescued, we can only imagine it happening one way.  But I’m discovering with God we need to stay open for any variety of solutions.

There’s another side to this coin though.  I believe sometimes we fight God’s help because we feel unworthy of rescue.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  You are the one He died on the cross to save.  Why then wouldn’t your rescue be His top priority?  He doesn’t even care if you are in a predicament out of your own sinfulness.  He is really a good Father.  He won’t enable you, but He will help you.  He loves you.  He really does.

You are loved.  You. Are. Loved.  Let those words really sink into your heart.  Let them begin to give you wings.  Find the freedom and release of being held in His love.  It’s the love that breaks the spirit of depression and defeat.  It’s the love that transcends space and time to meet with each one of us.  It’s the love that bled on the cross, so you can be with Him in eternity.  It’s the love that never ends.

It’s truly that good.  He is truly that good.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.  Cry out, “Save us, O God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to Your holy name, that we may glory in Your praise.  Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.                     1 Chronicles 16:34-36

The Lord is righteous in all His ways and loving toward all He has made.  The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.  He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them.  The Lord watches over all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.  My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.  Let every creature praise His holy name for ever and ever.  Psalm 145:17-21

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