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Lenten Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Saturday, January 2, 2021  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  Galatians 4:4–7

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God. (NRSV)

The lyrics of “You Can’t Hurry God,” come to mind—“You can’t hurry God. . . . He may not come when you want him, but ’he’s right on time”—for in the moment of the birth of Jesus, under the Law of God, we believe that God was right on time. Jesus, the Son of God, sent to earth, born of woman, fully alive to save us all from sin. With his birth, all who believe in God’s Law, are redeemed, all siblings of Christ, children of God, and so we share with Jesus all privileges to know our Father God’s love, goodness and mercy. We can cry out to God to be in our hearts any time.

Now we are all freed from evil and injustice and have no need to be enslaved by the negative spirits in the world. Paul tells the Galatians that God has put all things in order, under scriptural law, by sending the Spirit of his Son into our hearts so that we have the grace of God the Father. We, sons and daughters, are the children of God and we can go forth into the world and be of good courage; we can hold to the good, render to no one evil for evil; we can strengthen the fainthearted, support the weak, help the afflicted, honor everyone, and love and serve the Lord. We can rejoice in the power of the Holy Spirit any time.

This is the ultimate New Year’s resolution, to keep God in our hearts guiding all that we say and do all the time.

Good and gracious God, help me to know that your blessings are always with me all the time. I ask these things in the name of your Son. Amen.

Written by Hope Daniels, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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