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  • Writer's picturePastor Jim Stultz

All Knotted Up

When my son was little, he would struggle to get his shoes on. Somehow, he had tied them in knots and couldn’t get them on that way. Invariably, he would come up to me and say: “Daddy will you please untie the knots”. I of course would do the fatherly and macho thing and say, “Go ask your mother”. Using a fork and sometimes even our teeth, my wife and I managed to untie a lot of knots when our children were little. Sometimes when one of our children would bring me their shoe that was all knotted up, I would sigh: “How in the world did you ever get this knot so tight?”

How in the world can we as God’s children get our lives so all knotted up? The consequences and complications that we bring upon ourselves are due to our own sinful behavior. We seem to forget that living a lifestyle that ignores God’s Word will have its consequences. Gal. 6:7 reminds us: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap”.

We can also get our emotions tied up in knots. Perhaps a family member is in trouble or a problem at work is causing us turmoil. People describe a difficult emotional turmoil sometimes as having their stomach tied up in knots. What can we do? Who do we go to when our lives and our emotions are hopelessly knotted up?

We have a Father who is an expert in untying our sinful lives. He will forgive us. He will lovingly help us get our life properly tied up and ready to walk in obedience to Him. He is also able to untie the emotional knots we twist ourselves into. He promises us in Phil. 4:6,7: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.

The next time you find that your life is hopelessly knotted beyond repair; bring it to your Father in Heaven; He is able and willing to untie your knots.

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