Fresh Hope – 15th May 2017

I used to have a pet rabbit in a hutch in the garden. I felt guilty that this rabbit was in a little hutch, so decided to let him roam free in the garden. He destroyed the garden. So he went back in the hutch.

I remember thinking, ‘if only he would agree not to destroy the garden he could enjoy his freedom?’ But no, there was no reasoning with this rabbit, so he lived out a limited life in the hutch.

Psalm 32:9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.

Here God is stating, a bit like me to my rabbit, don’t be stubborn and just carry on oblivious to the consequences of your actions, where the only way you can be tamed is by the ‘bit and bridle’ or the ‘hutch and circumstances’ of life.

The problem is we can cry out to God for our freedom or rescue and when it comes we carry on in the old way that got us into that mess in the first place. We want to dig around where we’ve been asked not to, and want to eat what’s not good for us and we end up in a hutch again and once more crying out for our freedom.

In Matthew 16:25 Jesus says “whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”

This is great advice to help us live outside of the hutch. The local church gives us the opportunity to ‘lose our life’ for HI’m¬†by serving in relationship with those planted around us, rather than trying to save and hold onto our lives continuing to please ourselves.

God has so much for us, and wants us to enjoy the freedom of the garden, if we would just submit all areas of our lives to him.

God is asking you today, not to be stubborn like a horse or even the rabbit, and don’t miss out on the freedom that comes from submitting to HI’m. He loves us and has the most amazing, enormous garden for us to live in – don’t live out your existence in a hutch!

Luke Cartwright

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