“So if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed” – (John 8:36).
Encountering knots is part of life. There are knots of gift parcels we find to be loosened once such is received. There are knots tied around poles while building to prevent them from collapsing. Knots can be used to contain and hold things, including treasures like money parcels. When certain domestic animals are taken to the field, like goats, there are tied up with knots.
Sometimes there can be a knot around a life too. Once while Jesus was up and about he came across a woman who had been bound with one knot. “On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the Synagogues and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all” (Luke 13: 10-12). Once Jesus looked at her, there he knew there was a knot binding this woman down.
“When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God” ( vv 13). The story here is that probably no one had been noticing this woman though it looks as though she had been a regular to the Synagogue. More so, neither she nor the leaders were aware of the spirit of Satan that was holding her in captivity. In fact the synagogue leaders were more concerned with their decorum of keeping the Sabbath holy than healing this woman of her pressing condition. They were quite mad with Jesus for healing her on a Sabbath.
But the woman had met Jesus, and her condition didn’t allow her to care for such niceties. Neither did Jesus. He rebuked the synagogue leader, “You hypocrites … should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound long for eighteen years, be set free on a Sabbath day from what bound her?” (vv 16).
In life we too could be held by a knot, just as that woman. It could be a knot around our finances. It might be a knot around our health. There could be a knot around our job situation. Or we could be faced with a knot of a hardened relationship. Whatever is the case let us like these women take this knot to Jesus.
The power that came out of Jesus and delivered this woman from such an ugly knot pressing her down is the same power that will deliver any knot tying us down!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I bring to you that knot in my life holding me down, that with your power I am freed, to experience a victorious life in you, this I pray in Jesus’s name.
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!