Perfect Timing

Galatians 4:4
- But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son…

It’s easy to overlook the vast and untold implications of that simple first phrase in Galatians 4:4, “But when the time had fully come.” In reality, everything in history was leading up to this appointed time. This was the precise moment that God had in mind, from eternity past, for His goal of the salvation of mankind. This was the fullness of time – the appointed time.

God was working everything together to prepare for this occasion. Scattered communities of Jews had made the concepts of monotheism and a coming Messiah familiar to many in the Roman world. The Greek language was available for the communication of the gospel and the teachings of the New Testament epistles. The Roman Empire had established relatively peaceful conditions, and a Roman road system was in place for missionary travels and church planting. Was this all by chance? No way! God was working behind the scenes to prepare for the coming of the Savior. Everything was ready and in place for the appointed time!

Just as God prepared the world for the first advent of the Savior, so He is in control of the global situation today. Political leaders and hostile dictators may appear to be calling all the shots, but God is still supreme. International events may be chaotic and threatening, but God continues to work everything out “in conformity to the purpose of His will” (Ephesians 1:11). His plans to set the stage for the return of Jesus Christ are being worked out - right on schedule!

God orchestrated history to fulfill His perfect plan–past, present and future–and we can be sure He’s in total control of our lives today. When circumstances in our lives appear to be spinning out of control, let’s remember God’s sovereign direction over the timing and the place of Jesus’ birth. Our Heavenly Father knows exactly what He’s doing – and He knows each one of us. He knows our needs and limitations. He’s at work in every circumstance of our lives for our eventual good and blessing, and nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8). Let’s humbly trust our sovereign God as we wait and watch for the appointed time – the return of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ!
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