No, not a title of a book nor of a potential box-office hit movie. But the real chains and dungeons that imprison us day in and out. Could be a “routinary” day job that constantly drags you out of bed – zealousness absent in each working day. A financial crisis that has put a yoke upon us – as if an oxen with chains in our necks and weight on our shoulders. Relationships that need mending and restoration. Or a seemingly hopeless state because of a life that is constantly haunted by a dark past that a nightmare always robs us of sweet dreams.
Having recently seen the two – part interview of Lance Armstrong in Oprah’s celebrated OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) and the much talked about Les Miserables newest film version ( here’s my recent blog on this) , we know humankind is basically flawed – beset with self-preservation and selfishness. “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? “ (Jeremiah 17:9) . Left to ourselves, our egoistic self can trumpet all the glory and make us feel, breathe and smell invincible.
Chains imprison us. They do because we knowingly and foolishly do some things or because of other’s wrongdoing (think about Joseph the Dreamer). Dungeons put us perhaps closest to what we can think of ground zero with heavy-maximum security. No light is seen and no matter how far we reach for it, it will be for naught. In life, we could be living in dungeons. A dark past that constantly haunts us keeps us from reaching the light. Or maybe we feel that we are in the bottomless pit, hopeless, living like dead. The good news is there is a way to break those chains and free ourselves from those dungeons. On our own, we struggle to break free, but there is Someone who can do it for us, if only we know Him and believe in him.
Have you found the truth?
“ Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – Jesus
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