God’s nature testifies to his love for freedom
Like just about every other man that has ever seen the movie, I thought Braveheart was one of the best movies ever. I liked the acting and the plot. I thought the battle scenes were well done and I thought that the story line was compelling. Although none of that compared to the moments of the movie when William Wallace (played by Mel Gibson) shouted for “freedom” in the face of tyranny. I often wonder why I feel that way when I hear the word freedom? Why do I feel closer to the Lord when I see or hear about someone sacrificing for freedom? I wonder if God put that vigor for freedom in our hearts. I wonder if freedom is in our DNA.
In an effort to better understand God’s heart toward freedom, we should first consider God’s creation of mankind. When God created Adam and Eve, he created them physically free. They were free to choose what they did and said. They were free to choose what they ate. God’s creation of mankind clearly demonstrates that it is within his nature to give mankind physical freedom.
Adam and Eve were told not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but notice that the Lord did not put them in chains to keep them from eating the forbidden fruit. They still had freedom to choose even though it was the one thing God told them not to do. Of course, it ended up being a very poor choice, but it proved that God created us free.
God’s word demonstrates how he cares about freedom
The Lord gave Moses a clear picture of how he viewed the Israelite’s affliction under Pharaoh in Egypt. This picture reveals the Lord’s heart towards slavery in several ways.
- He sees affliction and listens to the cries of the oppressed
- He is aware of suffering among the oppressed
- He intends to deliver the oppressed and bring them to a good land
- He can use anyone he wants to free those who are in slavery
“The Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. Now, behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them.” Exodus 3:7-9
God wants you to have freedom
In the beginning, God gave mankind physical freedom. God cares about your physical freedom and that is evident by his nature and his word. It was only the influence of sin on mankind that caused the institution of slavery. It is extremely important to note the distinction that while God may allow slavery to occur, he does not endorse it. He endorses freedom.
God gave us spiritual freedom in him and that can never be taken away. “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners…” Isaiah 61:1 Physical freedom can be taken away by sinful acts of mankind. However, that doesn’t mean that God doesn’t want you to have physical freedom.
Freedom is a gift from God and that gift should not be taken for granted. If God cares about freedom, so should we. God created you for a great purpose and he wants you to thrive. He wants you to have freedom to worship him with all you have. “In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we’re pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker’s praise without anxiety.” A.W. Tozer