“You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough. I am confident in the LORD that you will take no other view.”
Do you ever find yourself just suddenly out of it, unsure of where you lost your footing but sure that you are not moving forward as strong as you were just a little bit ago? Me too. Sometimes it’s just a single thought of insecurity that slips in and slithers its way through your mind, into your heart, taking you just ever so slightly off the life course God has planned for you. It’s a minor fear, thought, or choice that cripples you—most often without you fully realizing that you’ve been crippled.
The Galatians are confused as to what true faith is and where their freedom actually comes from. They have gotten tangled up in rules and laws, because others have convinced them one thought at a time that their salvation requires a little more work than they anticipated. This is false. Christ has already come to earth, living a perfect life, dying on a cross, and raising from the grave to give us a full salvation. He is our saving grace, the blood shed for our sin, the perfect, holy, and spotless lamb given for our sake, that we might be one with God. But the church of Galatia has allowed some false thoughts to penetrate their faith, and their mind is slipping away from the truth of Christ.
Sometimes all it takes is a single misguided sentence. One small moment of fear. One white lie you tell yourself. A single action you hesitantly took. And suddenly, your faith and soul are being uprooted. That one little thing consumes you, and now feels like an impossible thing to overcome. The tiny thoughts and tiny moments build up until there’s an entire wall of fear you’re shrinking back from. You feel off and confused and like something is a-miss, because it is. A little yeast works through a whole batch of dough. One small thing can impact the entirety of your being.
You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? Satan, that’s who. He snagged you, somewhere in your hurt or confusion or whatever it is you’re currently experiencing. Know this: that kind of persuasion does NOT come from the one who calls you, it does not come from the LORD.
What comes from the LORD? The salvation he has freely given. The freedom from sin and death through faith in Jesus Christ.
A little yeast works through a whole batch of dough so allow your little yeast to stem form the truth of God’s word: You are loved, you are free, you are saved by Christ. You ARE running a good race. Come back to the truth of God’s word; take the time to re-direct any misguided thoughts or actions. He is always forgiving and waiting with open arms to embrace you. It does not matter if you took one accidental step away, or thousands. Place yourself into the presence of God and embrace his words, because they are all that is true and good. I am confident in the LORD that you will take no other view but that which is right and true.
Devotional written by Heather Christy. Graphic designed by Daniel Christy.