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
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?
What are some desires that you
have given into in the past?
How did you feel after you had given in?