Today’s thoughts from the Word, Galatians chapter 4  Come join The Thread (blog) for Snippets of Poerty, Devotionals, Essays and more…

Galatians 4:3 (ESV) 3 In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world.

“In the same way we also…

The poetry of Paul illustrations, all poetry, and all our world is filled with words from God, to us. If we are listening for the, “In the same way we also…” we can be hearing from Him throughout or days.

Galatians 4:4 (ESV) 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,

Galatians 4:5 (ESV) 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Galatians 4:6 (ESV) 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

Galatians 4:7 (ESV) 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

“When the fullness of time had come…” So much, yet unknown to us, had to happen, had to come to fullness, for the time to be right for the Father to send His Son.  It was no mistake, as it is no mistake when He comes to is in our lives.

“To redeem” us and “adopt” us! And because we are now children of sent us the Spirit of His Son, the Holy Spirit to reside – all the time and forever – in us. So we can cry “Daddy, Father.” No longer orphan slaves, but sons and daughters!

May you soak in your Fathers love all day long.

 

A little personal sidelight.

This reminded me today of my personal connections with the reality of being an orphan. The story is told in my family of my, Daddy West (great-grandfather on my father’s, mother’s side). Herry J. West was quite a colorful character. A soldier in the Spanish-American War, part of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. After that war and retiring from the army. Then in the next war, World War I, he worked to supply the American troupes all over Europe with fresh produce through the YMCA. All this service and more despite having started life out as an orphan on the streets of New York. His life path toward redemption took a huge turn, “in the fulness of time,” when The Orphan Train came through the Big Apple! Homeless, orphaned and abandoned city children, like my great grandfather, who numbered an estimated 30,000 in New York City in the 1850s, were sent into the midwest to be adopted by caring fathers and mothers. The children were transported to their new homes on trains that were labeled “orphan trains” or “baby trains”.

Fast forward and I am born to that orphans great grandson. The “in the fullness of time” I adopt my son, Christopher, and he comes to Christ in his teens. And the redemptive work of our Heavenly Father keeps on rolling along…

“I am so blessed to be adopted into your family, Father. Thank you for my life! Amen”