Day 4 // Timing

“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” Galatians 4:4-5 (NKJV)

Timing is everything. Ask a financial planner. (Mine seems to have great timing for buying high and selling low!) Ask a comedian. Timing makes all the difference in telling a joke. Ask a mechanic. Timing is critical for your car’s engine to run.

The Bible says there is a time for everything. You can read the list in Ecclesiastes 3. Have you ever considered God’s timing? He’s always on time; never late; never in a hurry. His timing is perfect. Mine rarely is; and if you’re anything like me, you can grow impatient waiting on God’s timing. Take heart, we are not alone. All through the Bible, holy men and women cried out to God, “WHEN?” “HOW LONG O LORD?” Ever ask God that? Yet as I read the Scriptures, I become more aware that God is not trying to toy with us or frustrate us. He has purpose in everything He does including timing. Think of those who awaited the coming of Christ. The first promise of a coming deliverer was in Genesis 3:15 immediately following the Fall when man sinned and was sentenced to death because of sin. God knew our need for a Savior and lovingly provided for that need by sending His own Son in the fullness of time. After thousands of years, Jesus came just as God promised, “… born of a woman (Mary), born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”

I love that phrase “when the fullness of the time had come … .” Is that what you are waiting for? Maybe God has stirred your heart with a promise. You have been waiting and waiting on God to come through and you’re wondering if He will. Waiting is hard. The natural response is to grow anxious and worry. The Psalmist sat in the waiting room as he waited on God’s timing, and here’s some wise counsel he learned while waiting that will save us a lot of heartache.

“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.” Psalm 40:1-2 (NLT)

When we trust in God’s love for us, we don’t have to grow weary or anxious. We can wait in joyful expectation and trust that in the fullness of time God will answer and do what He says He will do.

“I’m impatient, Lord, and it’s so hard to wait just like a child that sees all the presents under the tree and wonders when Christmas will ever come. Help me to remember that You love me so much, and Your timing is always perfect. You know what I need and will fulfill every good promise You’ve made.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.

What is it you are waiting on?

Thank God for His love and trust that in His time He will answer.

While you wait, what does God want you to do now?