For freedom Christ has set us free. (Galatians 5:1 NRSV)

Have you noticed that in all of Christ's management parables, the kings go away and leave their servants to work things out for themselves. They have the freedom to make their own decisions in the absence of the owner. God left Adam to be the manager of the earth, to till it and subdue it; and God continually gives to humankind the capacity and the responsibility of making decisions. God's management style is that of taking a "hands off" approach. God doesn't constantly look over our shoulders, constantly stepping in to correct us when we do things wrong or get off course. God has given us freedom to work things out for ourselves on this, God's good earth.

That is why sometimes we feel abandoned. God has gone away for awhile. Not far away. God can still hear our prayers, but God He is not so close that we will be smothered by God's love. As Presbyterian David Redding says, "God has not deserted, but carried out a strategic retreat to provide man(kind) an opportunity to prove his stewardship."

How is your stewardship of freedom going?

Dear God, may I be a good steward of the freedom you have given me. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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