Galatians 4 – Scripture Reflection

Read: Galatians 4:1-31

Centering Verse: But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son… (Galatians 4:4a)

Explore:

  • When has God done something timely in your life?  How can you grow in your trust of God’s timing?
  • What are the elemental spirits of the world and how do they enslave us?  How have you experienced such spiritual enslavement?
  • As an heir of God, what do you stand to inherit?  What will you do with such an inheritance?
  • How is the Holy Spirit active in your life?  How does the Holy Spirit draw you toward your Abba?
  • How is Paul’s love for the Galatians obvious even as he corrects them?  How can we love others and keep them accountable?

Reflect:

To understand this chapter we must understand the story of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, and Isaac found in the book of Genesis, as well as its implications.  Because Abraham did not trust in God to keep his promises, Abraham took matters into his own hands.  Abraham and Sarah were not conceiving the child of promise (in a manner timely enough for them), so Abraham and Sarah decided that God must be mistaken and that Abraham and Hagar must instead conceive the child of promise.  The children of Abraham and Hagar and the children of Abraham and Sarah would spend centuries warring with one another.  Will you trust in what God is doing in your life, or will you conceive trouble by trying to take control of the situation?

Closing Prayer: 

Father, God of the promise, grant us the patience to trust your timing.  May we be willing to wait for your wisdom to bring what is right.

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