Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. (Galatians 4:21-23 KJV)
Remember the story of the later life of Abraham. Even though God promised him to give him descendants, he and his wife decided to help God to make their wishes become true. Sarah told Abraham to hook up with her servant woman, Hagar, to come up with child. God doesn't need our help to make His promise into reality faster. Hagar came from Egypt while Abraham and Sarah were there. I believe that Sarah needed some assistances and Hagar was available. When it was a time for them to leave Egypt, Hagar decided to follow them.
In Galatians 4:21-27, Hagar represents as a bondwoman and Sarah is a freewoman. The Greek word for bondwoman or a young female slave is paidiske. Also, Hagar represents as a slave to the world system. While she lived under the Egyptian authority, she had no choice but to follow the way of government. I don't know about you, but I'd be tired to be in bondage under the governmental authority, which we know today as communism, liberalism or socialism.
Even though we need to respect and obey our governmental authority, their orders must come from God (Romans 13:1), not from their own ideas. When our leaders decided shutdown businesses and services due to global pandemic, it was unnecessary for them to do so, especially churches. Not only people lost their income, they also lost their joy to go out to interact with other people on a daily basis. But when the government decided to shutdown churches, they overreached their limits. Churches are governed by God, not our government. Churches are essential for people to search for hope when they are in crises. I know that many churches decided to fight against the governmental authority in 2020. Nowadays, we see that many parents are fighting for unmasking their children in schools. Even though the government seems to be concerned for children during the global crises, children need to have proper air. If they mask their mouths and noses on for seven to eight hours a day for five days a week, they would be sick or die because they don't get air properly during school hours. But the government and news medias are kept pushing for mask mandate. Why?
America lost God. Since one person said against to have prayer in schools, God walked away from the education system and let Satan took over. Once we pushed God away, then other gods come to us, which is Satan. We cannot live without somebody in us. Atheist doesn't believe the existence of God or gods, but who they listen to? Satan. John 8:44 says, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." When God gave Satan a permission to take over the world, he had a very limit to do with his power. One thing that he cannot do, which is controlling us. Instead, God gave us the freewill to follow Him or Satan. As we see in our nation today, we don't have freedom that we usually to have. We cannot go to work unless vaccinate it. We cannot travel until we'd show the vaccinated ID passport. Some people may think it's good idea and some do not.
So, where is God from all of these? We really need to wake up and look what's really happening. We can follow the way of world or God. God allows a strong delusion for us to believe a lie that comes from the pit of hell (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12). Sadly, there are some churches to follow the guideline of the governor's executive order in order to have services physically, which it is sad. Even though we all need to be cautious due to global pandemic, we really need to listen to God rather than men. He is the answer we need at this moment of the history.
God planned to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to us to pay our sins, so we can have free access and have personal relationship with Him. Would you like to have personal relationship with God? If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God. If you’d need further assistance, you can email me at email@example.com or visit my ministries website at www.mgjcweb.org for further resources.