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.
Time. It rules our life and controls us, or completely escapes us and ruins us. Although this is a true statement, this is only true when we believe the time is ours and/or that time is on our side.
Time pervades all areas of our lives, measures our level of success, even frames the boundaries of our worship (bed time, lunch time, vacation time, sick time, how much time did a job take, how much playing time, worship time, Easter time, Christmastime).
Why reflect on time today, of all times, on Christmas? Because Christmas is all about refocusing us to the proper perspective on time. You read it, the very first thing on this page, “Trust In God’s Timing". What God accomplished on Christmas is the reason we must trust in God’s timing and refuse to count our time as our own.
”When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son.” The world needed a savior from the very moment Adam and Eve doubted God and disobeyed in the garden. The world needed a savior when Noah was selected to build a boat and have his direct family be the only family left on Earth. The world needed a savior when Moses led the Hebrews out of Egypt, when Elijah battled the priests and prophets of foreign gods, when King Saul disobeyed God, when David took Bathsheba, when Solomon fell to idols, when Samson battled the Philistines, when Micah rebuked the sacrifices…
The world needed a savior at all these times, every moment of these times, and they begged for God to act in the timing they thought necessary. And yet, God acted just over 2,000 years ago as the Father watched the Son be born of flesh to take on the very things that have caused mankind to need a savior since Eden. Why? Why then?
God Is Not Like Us
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
2 Peter 3:8-9
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
The time frame God works on is so vastly different than our time frame. Because of this we forget that He sees the whole picture while we only get small glimpses of what is really happening in the world. Yes, we needed a savior since Eden, but God was wise enough to see the need to WAIT for the proper time to make that a reality. Not only did he choose a delayed time that boggles our minds, but chose to accomplish His will using something as innocent and perceptively ineffectual as a baby. It makes no sense… to us.
Your time is not time that you own, control, or dictate, when you give your life to Christ. When God calls you to do something, trust His timing, even if it doesn’t fit your timing, expectations, or plans. Just as God waited until the world was at an optimal state for the Gospel message to spread before Jesus was born, He knows the timing of your life to direct your steps in the proper direction. With Jesus’ birth God waited for a single language over almost all the earth, a time of peace, vast trade agreements, spiritual uncertainty and dissatisfaction (Greek and Roman gods, pagan gods, pantheism, etc.). With your life, God knows your spiritual, financial, educational, social, physical, emotional, psychological, and environmental needs. Trust His timing, not your own, when he calls you to do something for Him.
YOU ARE ADOPTED
”So that we may receive adoption as sons.” God is over our time like a father is over the time of their children. He knows and determines the time of our sleeping and waking. He knows and determines the times of our meals and our labor. He orchestrates these things for our benefit and improvement and He calls us to trust Him and His timing.
Your Father, God, calls you in various ways. Do not be afraid of the variables when He calls you. Do not be convinced that you need one more moment, one more bite, one more dollar, one more day, etc. before responding to Him. He knows what you need, He sent His son in the proper time to prove that to you. If God calls you to something, trust Him that His timing for that call is right. Trust Him that this is the right moment in your life to respond to Him, no matter your finances, emotions, psychology, education, social status or anything else. If God sent His Son, Jesus, in the fullness of time, He will also send you, His sons and daughters, in the fullness of time for that which He has called you.
In the fullness of time, Jesus came so that you might know the Father. Take the time to walk after God and experience the fullness He has for your time in your life.