It amazes me how I can sin and feel sick over it one day, and yet return right back to it the next day. Whether it be pride, anxiety, lust, or impatience, I can easily return to the very sins I hate. Sadly, I'm like the dumb dog in Proverbs 26:11 that returns to his vomit--or like the fool who repeats his folly. So, this morning I asked myself, why do it I do it? And how do I fight against it? I don't believe in coincidences, so I find it interesting that as I've been reading through Galatians I came across this passage today in Galatians 4:7-9:
So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?
When I finished reading these verses the following question immediately came into my mind: How does knowing God and being known by God help me to turn away from the weak and worthless things of the world? As I let my mind meditate on this text for awhile, the Spirit of God showed me the simplicity and wonder of these phrases "knowing God" and "being known by God." The following is what I wrote down in my journal:
I take it for granted that I know the God of the universe. I take it for granted that I know Him as my mighty King and merciful Savior. I take it for granted that this has all been revealed to me by His grace in saving me and through His Word that sanctifies me. And even moreso, I take for granted that God knows me. That He calls me his son. That I am his child. A fellow heir with Christ. That I am his beloved and He is mine. If I really took this in, this close, intimate relationship I have with Him, that He initiated with me, I would be changed. I would be free and thankful living in the goodness of His embrace. Turning back to the vomit and chains of my former slavery to sin would be utter foolishness. But I need you Christ Jesus. I need you. And I thank you that you live to intercede for me at the right hand of God. So change me today, that I would no longer be a dumb dog, but a son who rests in His father's great love.