At Just the Right Time

“But when the time set had fully come, God sent His son,
born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law,
that we might receive the adoption to sonship.”
-Galatians 4:4-5
 
HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED, TIMING IS EVERYTHING? Right place. Right time. Right circumstances.  Right conditions.  Whether you’re talking about getting just the right picture or that job promotion, timing is everything—or is it? 

What often gets left out of this equation is the role of God’s sovereignty.  In reality, God’s sovereignty is everything, and God, in His infinite wisdom orchestrates time, circumstance and place, masterfully weaving them together with His omniscience and man’s free will to bring about His perfect plan.

This is most certainly true of the prophecies of Scripture and the redemptive promises of God.  What God set in motion with His curse upon the serpent in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15) found its fulfillment in the birth and work of Christ—at just the right time.   Thousands of years, countless players, the rise and fall of many nations in the story of humanity have all worked together to bring about God’s masterfully designed and executed work of redemption.

Most of us recognize this season of year as a season of wonders.  Little children certainly do, but for different reasons than those that truly make it so.  The Christmas season is now upon us, and buried beneath all the tinsel and bells and glimmering lights, the real gem that makes this season the wonder that it is remains undiscovered by most, either missed or dismissed.  God entered our little world in an unexpected place, at an unexpected time, to unexpected people, in an unexpected form.  He came as an infant child to defeat the powers of hell and save mankind from sin and death—and He did it AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME.

He came into the world at just the right time, in just the right place, to just the right woman and man.  The stage was perfectly set for the Prince of Peace to enter the drama of our messed-up lives.  During His life, Jesus taught just the right people, chose just the right men, taught just the right precepts, and accomplished just the right assignments.  For, you see, At just the right time, when we were still sinners, Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6).

Truly this is a season of wonders if we will but reflect on all that God has done for us by sending Jesus to us.  As I reflect on my life, I do not have to think very hard to remember countless undeserved blessings that are mine, that came at just the right time and in just the right way; of times I was spared serious harm and loss by circumstances and events that happened at just the right time.  And though it very seldom (if ever) feels like it, God’s timing is always perfect—never early, never late, always just right.

Sadly, I am not a whole lot different than the larger crowed of unsuspecting players in the nativity drama—the mob that thronged the streets and inns of Bethlehem that night.  Much to my shame, I am known as being rather unobservant.  I wonder if I would have missed it all had I been there that holy night?

Just today I got my hair cut at Uncle Buck’s, a local barber and good Christian  brother.  Being a cold morning, I wore a coat.  When I entered Buck’s shop I looked to my right, along the side wall and at the far wall.  I didn’t see a coat rack, so I took my coat off and laid it on the chair beside me.  I sat against the wall facing the barbers’ chairs. 

After a handful of minutes, another gentleman came into the shop.  Immediately he turned to the left and hung his coat on a handy little coat rack which I had been looking at, but not seeing, for some time. 

I made the embarrassed comment, “I didn’t see that when I came in.”  To which Buck nonchalantly responded, “I sort of hid it in an out-of-the-way place beside the door.”  Ouch and Touché!

It seems we humans, when it comes to recognizing the handiwork of God, are so enamored with the worthless and superficial bobbles of life, that we miss the obvious gems of God’s amazing grace and impeccable timing.  When we are aware of the extraordinary around us, we foolishly declare, “What an amazing coincidence!” 

I want to live with my eyes wide open.  I want to see every amazing grace and gift of God for what it is.  I want every breath I take to be full of the wonder of knowing I am created in the image of my heavenly Father, that Jesus came, lived and died—to redeem ME. 

            Wonder of wonders—Jesus loves me!
            Wonder of wonders—I’ve been set free!

We are not here by accident.  You and I have been placed here—at this TIME—for a purpose and for God’s glory.  I want to fulfill that purpose and live fully aware that AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME Jesus will come again.  By God’s grace I’m not going to miss that.  I will not be caught unprepared.  I will take the TIME while I have the TIME to get ready for the TIME He will return.