With the final remnant taken to exile in Babylon, the Promised Land was able to enjoy its Sabbaths that had been missed for so many years of Israel's and Judah's disobedience. Chronicles reminds us that God was not dead or asleep but patiently waiting for the proper time to redeem His people once again. Back in Exodus when God led the people out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, He promised freedom in the Promised Land. The problem is that true freedom can only come under God's authority, and because the Israelites did not submit to God's authority, they did not enjoy the freedom that they had been promised for any great length of time. The lesson is still true for us today: freedom is only found under God's authority and when we submit to His plan for our lives and for our behavior. Do you have freedom in your life? If not, then it is worth evaluating whether or not you are submitting to God.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.