“So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4:7 (NIV)
This verse paints a picture of the freedom and identity we have as children of God. It illustrates how the love of the Father leads us through adversity, affirms our adoption into a family, and untangles our hearts from fears that try to distort our view of who we are.
How fascinating to remember that this has always been the Lord’s nature; His behavior towards his children generations before us displays the same truth we are learning to walk in now. The Israelites fled towards the sea, and God turned what must have felt like absolute desperation into a victorious beginning– making the impossible, possible. Sometimes the moments of our greatest victory are masked as moments of our greatest fear.
There is a difference between fleeing from fear and responding to fear from the love of God, from the perspective that Love is our leader. His love is something we need not anxiously await or chase after. His love is where we have always been. The Father longs to continually demonstrate how His love is more powerful than even the most intense circumstances and questions that confront us. God proudly sings over us (Zeph. 3:17), and surrounds us with His song of overcoming and belonging.
The reality that His love renders fear powerless is one of the most important truths that the Father desires for us to understand about our lives and our relationship with Him. Experiencing this reality is more than a one-time encounter. We have full permission and invitation from the Father to recall, to sing out, and to stand upon this truth as we live each day.
Over time, our minds become more and more renewed, and truth is what influences our spirits the most. We grow keenly aware of His embrace, His capability, and His presence. We find ourselves walking in ever-increasing fearlessness and confidence. We stand taller, and we freely sing a song back to Him that He has always sung over us.
[Related Scripture for reflection: Zephaniah 3:17, John 15: 15, Ephesians 1:3-6]