"Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains." Psalm 107:13,14
Ever feel like your workout routine isn't 'working' for you anymore? If you've been doing the same thing the same way for as long as you can remember and not seeing any improvement, it's most definitely time to do something different. Famed running coach Jeff Galloway writes, "If your routine has become so routine that you dread lacing up, it's time to make a change. Even minor ones can help you head out the door with a smile on your face." He suggests simple changes like rather than running the same loops, running them in reverse or instead of running the same easy pace, throwing in some speed-work. In other words, change up your routine if you want to see changes.
In our personal lives, we can get into the same old routines too can't we? Many of which just aren't 'working' anymore. It could be that perpetual anger, bitterness or unforgiveness we have towards someone or ourselves? Or maybe that habit or addiction that we've held onto for too long? Whatever it is, whatever is keeping you captive to the routine of sin, it's time to change it. Psalm 107:13,14 tells us that when the prisoners cried out for mercy, "He brought them out of darkness... and broke away their chains."
Do you realize that God still has the power to break the chains that bind us? To rid us of the habits and sins that have become so routine that we don't even notice them anymore? With one cry out to the Lord, our lives can be changed and our chains broken-but, as Gary Renard wrote, "You will not break loose until you realize that you yourself forge the chains that bind you."
Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us so much that you would free us from the things that hold us prisoner. Help us to realize what those things are that we might cry out to you and allow you to break those chains. It's in your precious name we pray, Jesus. Amen.
Chain breaker - Zach Williams