“Will you remain in constant dread of human oppressors? Will you continue to fear the anger of your enemies? Where is their fury and anger now? It is gone! Soon all you captives will be released! Imprisonment, starvation, and death will not be your fate! For I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea, causing its waves to roar. My name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”
To be a captive means to be “kept within bounds; confined.” When the God Whose love knows no bounds, whose Word cannot be confined by chains, is available to us, why do we settle for the comfortable?
First of all, I want to apologize. When we become believers in Christ, we become ambassadors. An ambassador acts as a representative and is “appointed by God to declare his will.” So we have a big job to do. We don’t always do our job perfectly. As a matter of fact, we will never do it perfectly except through Christ in us. The important thing is to look to Him, not to us. We will fail you.
God promises that all the captives will be released! “Imprisonment, starvation, and death will not be your fate!” You don’t have to walk around in defeat, imprisoned by your sin. There is hope for you. Jesus is that hope. We all deserve to be in prison, behind bars, but when Jesus came and died on the Cross for our sin and rose again, He bailed us out. We will never be satisfied if we fill ourselves with the things of this world. We live in a fallen world that seeks pleasure over purpose and comfort over commitment. If we fill ourselves with the food that Christ gives, His Word, His love, His peace, then we will never starve for anything but more of Him. The reason that Jesus came was so that He could live on earth as our example. He did not sin while He was here on earth so as He died on the Cross, He took on all of our sin so that we could walk away from the life of slavery that once held us. He rose again so that we could have victory over the evil things of this world and because of His great love, we have a hope and a future amidst the turmoil of a nation that has turned away.
The beauty of it is though, God doesn’t think we are ever “too far gone.” If we choose to walk away and want nothing more to do with Him, His heart breaks but He gives us free-will. We will be free if we will choose to draw close to a God who loves us. He “stirs up the sea, causing its waves to roar.” If God can stir up the sea, can he not also calm it? And when He does calm the storm, calm the sea, and liberate you, would the waves not roar His Name in worship and wonder? The sea may seem greater than what you can see but God is a God of the unseen. He never stops working on your behalf, working things out for you- even when you don’t see them. His heart is yours. All He wants is yours in return.
“We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘come back to God!'” No matter how far you’ve traveled away, God never runs out of grace or love for you. As believers, it is our job to make sure that you are shown just how much Christ loves you. Every one of you. You don’t have to live in captivity. That’s the whole reason He came. We all truly want love, acceptance, joy, peace. When you allow Jesus to love you, He accepts you as you are. You don’t have to be perfect to come to Him. He loves to show us just how much He loves us by giving us the strength to become someone better. When you trust that God has a plan for you that can exceed your wildest dreams, you are joyful in His promises and have a peace that cannot be explained.
You will no longer be referred to as a captive but as a chosen child of the Lord your God. He is fighting for you. “He is the Lord of Heaven’s armies” and He is on your side. You don’t have to worry about what may be stronger than you. Our weakness is the perfect opportunity for His strength to shine through. You will overcome by the blood of Jesus. All you have to do is simply speak His Name. He is always there for us, always loving us. Hold on. Endure. Believe in His power and receive the shower of blessings He wants to give you. He asks for us to make sacrifices but He promises something greater than we can ever imagine. Trust Him. You won’t regret it. We are praying for you. You will overcome. We are singing for you, pleading for you. Walk in freedom. This freedom is yours, you just have to claim it.
Sincerely, an imperfect ambassador proclaiming your victory