Christmas is here. For most of us, plans and preparations are underway to celebrate this season with friends and family. Good plans require patience, don’t they? They cannot be done hastily.
When it comes to God’s will for our lives, we would like to push The Eternal to act a little more quickly. We may wonder why He waited eons before Jesus, the Messiah came. We may also wonder why He waits before rescuing us from a difficult situation. The answer in every case of God’s timing is the same: preparation.
God’s preparation is different than ours. We don’t know exactly why centuries of parched judgment prevailed before grace rained freely on all. We don’t know why some cultures in our world remain in nearly complete darkness from knowing Him today. We don’t know why the Chosen people’s history required such long periods of obedience, abandonment, and then judgment. And we don’t know why God doesn’t solve every problem the moment we pray, or why our Savior waits with veiled grace sometimes before opening our eyes to it. Perhaps the human race needed to exhaust its resources before God’s offer of blessing became meaningful. Perhaps the world had to be subjected to utter frustration before it could even accept a Savior. Perhaps, so do we?
What we do know, however, is that God is thorough. His plans are lengthy but well conceived. His artistic ability may seem slow, but His colors are rich, His layers of meaning are many, and His purposes are completely pure. We Can Trust His Timing.
“When the set time had fully come, God sent His Son.” (Galatians 4:4)
The patience of The Eternal God and the temperament of impulsive human beings often stand in stark contrast. Scripture tells us (2 Peter 3:8), a thousand years is as a day to The Lord, but not to us. We’re much too impatient for that, aren’t we? We think God’s plan for future generations might unnecessarily leave current generations shortchanged. And we think the revelation of a complete blueprint of His salvation plan was essential the first day after Eden.
But in His plan, a nation was cultivated, a law was given, human nature was exposed, prophets spoke, and creation waited. Then, and only then The Savior came. We were prepared by His divine plan to be saved, and we now celebrate the fullness of time. God’s timing was perfect then, it is now, and always will be. That’s the good news of Christmas.
Have a beautiful weekend. Make it a priority to worship The LORD with those who have experienced the plan, patience of God, and are enjoying the blessing of His perfect timing.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)