I like the idea that chickens can roam freely to graze and forage for food. The label, “Free Range” for poultry implies a freedom of movement in outdoor spaces. It is said that if they do not have the opportunity to peck at the ground, they will often peck at their own feathers. Of course, allowing them to freely graze outdoors does not mean they can run around where they like. They are cage-free but for their own protection they are not barrier-free!
When I think of liberty and being free, I do not normally think of something or someone telling me what to do! But in today’s verse, walking in liberty is equated with following God’s laws. It seems a paradox. How can I walk at liberty and be seeking His Law at the same time?
This liberty is not freedom to do whatever we please. It is a liberty from the sin that enslaves and entangles us. It is a liberty that allows us to follow Him. Sin can have the power to keep us in chains, obligating us to do evil. But because of what Christ did on the cross, I have a choice to follow His Law.
To be honest I do not always use my liberty like He intends. The pull of the world, my old habits and just my ugly sin nature all conspire to convince me that I have no choice! But as a believer, I have the power of the Holy Spirit living within me. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (II Cor. 3:17). His precepts are the arms that enclose and protect me for my good!
Thank you Lord, for making me free!