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The Definition of Freedom

Read Daniel 3:13-30

God is faithful, who will … with the temptation also make a way to escape…. 1 Cor. 10:13

Freedom is a word used quite frequently by the church and the world alike. To the world, it describes a sort of utopia in which we may all do as we please without the biased restriction of another person. Especially in the USA, it has become a dear part of patriotic and political vocabulary. But ironically, as man selfishly pursues his own liberation, he is only enslaving himself to the biased desires of his heart.

There must surely be a broader, deeper definition of freedom. There is, and the true story of three certain men illustrates it more graphically than I could have done with a fabricated fairy tale. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego experienced true freedom in a way that vividly points out how different real liberty is from the world’s imagined utopia.

These men had everything in the way of what our world calls “repression.” They were captives in a foreign land, denied not only the “right” to go where they pleased, but also the freedom to worship whom they pleased. In short, they were denied all the liberties that modern man is clamouring for. Yet they were free in the true sense of the term.

As their repressive atmosphere climaxes in a cloud of smoke and heat, this freedom stands out in full irony and beauty. True freedom of religion was proven, as the Man whom they had always had the divine right to worship dramatically appeared and walked with them. In making this appearance, God teaches us a powerful lesson: Freedom is not the absence of fiery trials, it is the ability to withstand them victoriously. In fact, the intense liberty of true freedom shines best in the heat.

—Shawn Martin

1 comment(s)

thanks for this post shawn! great reminder of the freedom God has given us no matter what the circumstances.

Posted by jared on Sun 8 Dec 2013, 23:03pm

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