This verse (Galatians 5:1) hit home this morning in a way that I am just giddy with gratitude for God’s heart!
Have you ever felt powerless and inadequate? Welcome to the weak and beggarly elements of the world! (Galatians 4:3). The book of Galatians is an important book. It exposes legalism as to its misuse. Think, for example, about the 10 commandments. Are they weak (powerless) and beggarly (inadequate)? Not really, unless one gets the idea that by observing them, one earns his way into anything. Paul made this point over and over again in Galatians.
The book of Galatians is also addressed to pagan, gentile converts. Could we describe the ways of the world as powerless and inadequate? Yup! We see it everywhere. The world has got answers for absolutely everything! Sometimes – no wait!- usually, it is very, very frustrating. I have to remind myself over and over again that man isn’t the smartest firecracker in the sky always, God is!
When you combine legalism and paganism together the whole thing is insane. Enough of that!
I love that we have the privilege of prayer! It is great to talk everything over with God. I recently read an interesting quote: “As long as you know God is for you, it doesn’t matter who is against you.” If you just believe the first part of that quote, power and adequacy are unequivocally yours! The second part of that quote we don’t have to worry about. Human beings naturally bump each other about, so why is it even shocking that it happens (reminder to self).
Absolute true freedom comes from a loving, wonderful God who sent His son to totally free us of all that renders us powerless and inadequate. Have a truly free day!