Chained by Righteousness

Isaiah 11:5

“And righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.”

Girdled. Chained. Manacled. Shackled.

By righteousness, by faithfulness.

I daily fight chains, and shackles of darkness…. but,

This is no slavery. This is willing bondage.

To choose to be controlled, chained, shackled?

Why bondage?

Freedom is not be free of control, of restraint, of rules.

It is not to just do whatever you want.

It is to choose to be guided, restrained, manacled.

It is to choose to obey the rules, the guidelines, set in place for our good.

It is to choose to be in bondage.

In bondage to God. Not as a slave, but as a willing servant.

Where He rules and you serve.

Where bondage is light. Brings light.

For obedience is freedom.

And living righteously and faithfully….

Well, it matters.

For only the faithfully righteous will enter Heaven.