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Don't Turn Back

            But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? (Gal 4:9)

Brightly-colored blooms of cascading light contrast against the sky as fireworks delight onlookers on the Fourth of July in the United States. It is a day all Americans celebrate and remember as Independence Day.

Poll any citizen and not a single one would vote to go back to the days before July 4, 1776. It’s no contest! Who wants bondage? People would snicker at the thought of such a ridiculous notion.

However incredible it may be, Exodus tells us that the Israelites once desired for bondage! They longed for Egypt. They were so tired of manna that they craved intensely for meat and reminisced about the good food in Egypt.

The Israelites forgot that Egypt is synonymous with bondage. They wanted to turn back time to when they were herded as Egyptian slaves, afflicted and pushed to the point where they cried out to God for freedom. They wanted to return to the very place from where they had originally begged to be saved.

Like the Israelites, sometimes we may also desire to revert back to bondage. We may have a desire that is intense at the moment and begs to be satisfied. It is so tempting to sidestep God altogether and make the split-moment decision to indulge our will. Once we give in, however, we become enslaved. We become enslaved by our desires and past habits—we become enslaved by sin.

Beloved brethren, just as Paul urged the members in Galatia then, he also urges us now: Don’t do it! Don’t give in! Don’t desire bondage again! Now that you know God and are known by Him, don’t turn back. Don’t make reverting back to bondage an option.

Instead, stand strong. Christ loved you so deeply that He died on the cross and won you freedom. Why choose bondage again when you have been freed?

 

            Questions:

What are some desires that you have given into in the past?

How did you feel after you had given in?


Author: Jennifer Lee
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