Galatians 4: Our Relationship with God
It is incredibly easy for us to take our relationship with God for granted. Intellectually, we understand what Jesus did for us, but I don’t know that we always appreciate what an impressive and gift that is. In Galatians 4, Paul points out how important our relationship is with God.
Gal 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
This is clearly an intimate relationship. It is not a relationship where God is in some far-off place entirely inaccessible to our prayers. We are children of God. As much as children have relationships with their parents, we can have a relationship with God. That is a privilege.
I call it a privilege because I don’t know any reason why God would necessarily need to relate to us. As the Creator, He obviously can have this relationship with us, but it does not seem to be the case that He would have to. As a result, it seems to be significant to me that God not only wants to have a relationship with humanity, but He also wants to have the type of relationship where we can call Him Father.
If we are that close to God, why do we take it for granted? I don’t know about you, but there are plenty of times where I don’t take advantage of this opportunity. For example, if If I am anxious about something, I should be thrilled that I can bring that before God, but I know I don’t always do that.
Maybe we need to reevaluate.