‘Ye shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” ( John 8:32)
Man has fought for freedom. To be free from all that chains one’s liberty.
So what is freedom? I wonder at the world around me. But then I see the birds in the sky , some on the trees above me. They languish among the foliage. Their only concerns are for the next morsel of food or to build a nest for the young. They stretch and sing and fly to different places.
I hear the screech of the parrot. Does anyone tell it to stop its sound ? Who defines boundaries and territories? Each one to his own place in this land. Who governs their lives? Who provides for their food, shelter and protection?
Yes no government can meet with standards to govern nature. Its only our beloved Father God our Creator who knows best. He has given each a measure of ability to live.
So what is freedom?
I may share what is not freedom. When a man subjucates another to deprive him of living a full life- and forces his way of thinking on another; then it is the beginning of slavery. It is also when truth is covered by lies, so that the common man is deprived of knowing his rights .
Any wonder that Rabindranath Tagore in his poem shared his view on ‘true freedom’
Where the mind is without fear
…Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake’ ……..
Man begins to live a life of freedom where there is trust and no fear.
So when you know the truth , the truth shall set you free.
Pilate said to Jesus, ”What is truth?” (John 18:38)
Have you sought this answer?
Seek the Lord first and you will find all the answers.
‘’ Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock, the door will be opened to you.
For the one who asks always receives; the one who seeks always receives; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him. ‘ (Luke 11:9-11)
And Jesus goes on to say ….’ If you then who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
So when you effectively pray and ask then and only then
will you discover the truth and you shall be free indeed.
Then you will understand why the birds and the fish and animals live a life free of worries.
They trust their Creator implicitly for all their needs.
You will know then, that there is no need to stress and strain over what to eat and what to drink and what to wear. ( Luke 11:29) Your heavenly Father well knows you need them(Luke11:30b)
Know also that there are consequences, when man is deprived of his liberty or freedom.
History is replete with examples , that highlight good or bad govenance.
So once again, “ You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free” . ( John 8:32)