Your Redeemer – Jeremiah 50:33-34

“All who took them captive held them fast; they refuse to let them go.
Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is His name.”

Jeremiah 50:33b-34a

Does anything seem to be holding you fast this morning? A habit, situation, relationship, mindset – whatever it may be – that you just haven’t been able to shake up to this point?

Sometimes it’s little things. Other times they can be life-changing. Regardless of which it is for you right now, know that freedom isn’t all up to you. It isn’t about your strength. It isn’t about a pattern of failure or success in your past. Your past does not determine your future. These chains which seem to bind you, refusing to let you go, they do not define you.

If you have trusted in Christ, He defines you, and He is the One writing your story. His righteousness covers you. His strength is your own. His hope, His joy, His peace – they are yours. And your story will be one that brings Him great glory and showcases His power and faithfulness as displayed in your life.

So whatever it is that seems to hold you captive? It cannot stand in the face of your Redeemer. Because your Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is His name. “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature., and He upholds the universe by the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3).

This is your Redeemer. He is powerful. He is magnificent and almighty and glorious. And He does not fail to see exactly where you are. “Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands” (Isaiah 49:16a). He loves you too greatly, too personally to overlook that which concerns you.

“Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to a city to dwell in;
hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and He delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way
till they reached a city to dwell in…
For He satisfies the longing soul,
and the hungry soul He fills with good things.

Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
prisoners in affliction and in irons,
for they had rebelled against the words of God,
and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
So He bowed their hearts down with hard labor,
they fell down, with none to help.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and He delivered them from their distress.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
and burst their bonds apart…
For He shatters the doors of bronze
and cuts in two the bars of iron.

Some were fools through their sinful ways,
and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
they loathed any kind of food,
and they drew near to the gates of death.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and He delivered them from their distress.
He sent out His Word and healed them,
and delivered them from their destruction.”
Psalm 107:4-20

There is hope in our strong Redeemer. He sends out His Word to heal us. He leads us faithfully to the other side of our wilderness, sustaining us in each step. He brings us out of darkness and bursts our bonds apart. He is able to bring us to freedom, that we may joyfully run in the way of His commands (Psalm 119:32). None can hold us captive when He has declared that we are His. Let us cry out to Him today and allow Him to deliver us. Clinging only to Christ and holding all else loosely, that our hearts may know what it is to be truly free, and may experience the fullness of joy found in His presence, pleasures forevermore at His right hand.

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