Right On Time
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
Galatians 4:4 – 5
Jesus is right on time. He is never early or late. He is never rushing to get something done. He is never playing catch-up or trying to stay in front of something that is careening out of control. Human history is happening precisely as Jesus wants it to happen. By the way, this includes your life. At this moment, you are precisely where you need to be and things are happening at exactly the right time.
You may not feel like this is true. As a matter of fact, you may feel like Jesus has checked out because things are not happening as you would like. Perhaps you are sick and you think, “Now is the perfect time for healing.” Or maybe you have a friend who has walked away from Jesus and you think, “Now is the perfect time for her to turn back.” Or perhaps you are waiting for a problem in your life to be solved and you think “Now is the perfect time for the solution to come.” But it doesn’t come.
From our perspective this can be pretty frustrating. We can look around and think, “Where is God’s perfect timing? A two-year old could come up with a better plan for my life.” In these moments, remember that God does not operate according to our wisdom, but he has promised to work all things for good at the perfect time.
Here is the kicker in all of this: God’s perfect time is often not what we want. What we want is now. But sometimes it takes more time for healing to come. Sometimes years go by before beauty comes from destruction. As a matter of fact, the answer to our problems may come long after we take our final breath. This was true for the people who lived before the birth of Jesus. They lived waiting for Jesus to come and many of them died still waiting. Then at precisely the right time Jesus came.
Do you see what this means? God’s perfect timing may mean that we go to our graves without seeing our problems solved. This isn’t another problem to solve; it’s a realty to embrace. So today, remember: Jesus is eternal and what he is doing in your life is right on time.