Day Twenty-Seven: Perfect Timing
December 27, 2019
By Rustin Parsons
By Rustin Parsons
4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Galatians 4:4-7 (NIV)
Time. As a society, we develop time-saving tips and technologies. Our smart phones, smart cars, and smart houses “save” us time. We can pay bills, shop, even turn on our ovens from our devices in no time. We try to squeeze more and more time out of every day. What is the result in this “squeezed” time? Busier, more hectic lives.
As the creator of all, God is above and beyond time. He knew we humans would struggle with not only the concept of time but also the managing of our time. Our timing is most often imperfect, and our use of time is even worse. We are often running late, stressed, and unprepared. We fill our time with busy and bustle only to barely remember anything significant happening in most days. As we recover from this busy season, it is important to know God’s timing is always perfect. He knew from the beginning of creation that we would be rushing through time. He even commanded us to rest, reset, and slowdown.
God prepared the world for His only son, Jesus. His timing was perfect! He knew the world was broken and needed a Savior. He knew we would need His saving grace to be able to live in communion with Him. Our role is to accept the gift of salvation for ourselves.
As we end Advent, we must prepare our hearts for this gift. I know in our family we have been going at life hard. No single thing we have done in this season has been bad in itself: choir concerts, Christmas parties, shopping, cooking, cleaning, and driving to see family. However, have we taken the time to prepare ourselves? Have we slowed down enough to have a relationship with God? To pray? To study? To listen?
God’s perfect timing is NOW. He prepared His salvation at the beginning of time and delivered it to the world at the perfect time. He wants us to know Him NOW. Not after the decorations are packed away for another year. Not after we have cleaned the house and made New Year’s Resolutions. NOW!
I pray that we as a church and a Christian community will cherish the time God has blessed us with, that we realize He controls the time we have, and that we take the time to be in relationship with him, for the gift He has given us is beyond measure. We are no longer slaves, but sons and daughters, and thus heirs to the Kingdom. NOW!