Just In the Nick of Time
We live by the ticking of the clock and the passing of the hours, days, weeks, and years.
God doesn’t live this way at all. He invented time and started the original sundial in motion during His creative work. He is never in a hurry, and it is that fact that causes us so much trouble. Waiting is one of life’s greatest challenges of all. The entire world has been waiting for a very long time.
And when the fullness of time comes these events will occur, but it’s a tough wait. The world around us watches with skepticism to see if the Bible’s claims about the future are sure. Why then, after nearly two thousand years, am I so sure that He’s still coming? Primarily because there was another time in history when the world watched with that same skepticism to see if Israel would actually receive the Savior who had been promised to them for centuries. That Savior came – Jesus the Messiah.
“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
God related to the people of Israel through His law that they might understand their own inability to meet its perfect demands as well as their own need for a personal Redeemer. Why didn’t Jesus come sooner? Why where there about 400 silent years between the testaments? Why wasn’t the world’s Redeemer waiting in the promised land to meet the incoming Israelites with Joshua? Because the fullness of God’s time had not fully come yet.
We can look backward through history and see God’s purpose at work in the waiting period, but when we’re waiting, we rarely see what God is up to. But we know it’s always worth waiting for.