Throughout our lives we come up against many things that stop us in our tracks. Things that bind us to the point we feel unable to move forward physically, emotionally or spiritually. It can be as small as an unkind word or as big as the death of a loved one or loss of a job. I see people everyday who are bound—so tied up they are useless to anyone, including God. Sometimes pride binds us. We are wrapped up in what we think we can do and do not think we need to give our lives over to Christ. But, when we come up against an obstacle and are unable to move, it does, actually, give us something positive—time to examine ourselves.
In Mark 5:1-20 we read of a man who was bound in every way possible. He was possessed by demons so completely he had to live in the tombs because no one wanted to be near him. He had been physically restrained by the Gentiles in Gerasenes but was so strong he broke the chains and irons. He must have been weighed down emotionally. I know I would be pretty depressed if I was shunned by everyone I knew because Satan controlled my very being.
After the demons were cast out by Jesus, there were two interesting reactions. The man was so grateful he wanted to get in the boat with Jesus, to leave his home and go with the One who had saved him. A reasonable reaction to a life-changing event. You would think the people of Decapolis would have been overjoyed for the man but those who witnessed the casting out or heard about it only wanted Jesus to leave. “When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.”
These people knew they could sentence a possessed man to life in the tombs but what should they think about the Unknown standing before them? They were not afraid of the demons they knew, they were afraid of what they did not know—the power in Jesus Christ. Isn’t that how we are? We prefer the known in ourselves to the unknown of God. We hold on to our burdens and try to fix them the best way we know how when we should be giving them to God and trusting in His wisdom to know what is right for us.