Psalm 51:8; Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken
me— now let me rejoice.(King James version says "let the bones you have
Psalm 102:5; Because of my groaning,I am reduced to
skin and bones.
Lamentations 1:13-14; “He has sent fire from
heaven that burns in my bones. He has placed a trap in my path and
turned me back. He has made me desolate, racked with sickness all day
long. 14 “He wove my sins into ropes to hitch me to a yoke of captivity.
The Lord sapped my strength and gave me to my enemies; I am helpless in
I once heard a story about a shepherd who had trouble with a small lamb
that kept running off. Several times the shepherd went in search of the
lamb till at last he had to resort to breaking one of its legs. The
shepherd then carried the lamb for weeks draped around his neck until the
bone had had time to mend. When the shepherd finally allowed the lamb to
walk on his own, guess who then stayed closest to the shepherd! 'That same
lamb'. Even though he felt the pain of his leg being broken, the closeness
that the lamb experienced with the shepherd while he mended changed the
lamb's perception of the shepherd. Instead of constantly ignoring the voice
of the shepherd and going off to do his own thing, he now knew that
the shepherd was watching over him closely for his benefit. The lamb's
painful memories became his blessing, for it brought him to a close loving
relationship with the shepherd.
Often times because of the circumstances we go through in this life our perception
of the Lord can become that of task master instead of our best friend
and shepherd. It's in times like these that the enemy comes in and hits
us with temptation. At first the temptation seems to offer us a freedom
that we feel we are lacking. But once we begin to walk down a path of
self will it becomes easier to do those things that we have kept ourselves
from. This is how we become slaves to that sin - bound to a
desire to fulfill the desires of the flesh.
Your free will gives you the ability to make choices. We say to
the Lord that we want to do what's right and pleasing to Him. But, we
don't always make the right choices. Some decisions we make out of ignorance
of God's word, but most wrong choices are because we allow our flesh to lead
To me bones represent the structure of the body. Without bones our body would
be a pile of mush with flesh holding it together. The biggest muscle in
our body is just meat when it's not attached to a bone. It depends on the
bone to support it so that a part of the body can be moved. I find it significant
that none of Jesus's bones were broken and that it was prophesied
that none would be.
When our bones are healthy we grow strong and we are able to get around
easily. Spiritually speaking, when we are not in right relationship, our
structure weakens. When we face this kind of weakening our life becomes
filled with sickness and despair. This is often mirrored in the physical
realm as well. It's in these times that we find that we find out that the
price of our wrong choices is more expensive than what we're prepared to
In this place of despair is it too late to run to Jesus
for forgiveness? No! Praise God Jesus paid the price for our sin! When we
run to Him, He becomes our comfort and strength. It is when we recognize
our weakness that God becomes our strength because we're depending on Him
before we make another effort to go any farther.
True freedom from sin only comes through Jesus. He doesn't let us just
do as we please, because if that were so we would soon be lost or in
danger of coming to harm. He leads us to do what is best for us. Read
Psalm 23 for a perfect example of His goodness.
In His Love