Galatians 5:7, “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye
should not obey the truth?”
Galatians 5:7 begins with a praise for the performance of the past, but quickly changes to a rebuke of the present. “Ye did run well; who did hinder you…” The hindrance is not a what, it is a who. Satan will use physical things to hinder us, but some of the greatest hindrances come in the form of another person. It can be a friend, an acquaintance, or even a family member. Notice the progression: You were doing good. You met a hinderer. Now you are not obeying the truth. This same progression has been repeated a thousand times over. There will always be hinderers.
We do well to ask the question, “Who is my hinderer?” The purpose of asking is not to pass blame or make excuse for our sin, but rather to ensure that we are not allowing negative influences to go unnoticed. Many times we are hindered without even realizing it. Amnon had a friend who was very subtle (2 Samuel 13:3). Amnon was guilty and cannot blame his great sin on anyone other than himself, but the Scripture is clear: Jonadab was a hinderer. Do you have hinderers? Do you realize that your past performance has been hampered by someone else? Does Proverbs 13:20 really mean what is says?
-Pastor Mark Eaton
Central Baptist Church
Mount Vernon, Kentucky