Just the Right Time
But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.
God’s timing really is perfect. I know this because this passage says that “at just the right time” Jesus was born. That means that in all of time, past, present and future, the time that Jesus came was the perfect time for him to come. The conditions were just right for him to be born and raised, to teach without technology, to be persecuted and put to death, and to show himself to plenty of eye witnesses after the resurrection such that Christianity spread like wildfire for the next few centuries. Therefore, no matter how anxious we are for his return, when know that will not occur until “just the right time” too!
“Just the right time” really gets me thinking. “Just the right time” means that I have been placed. God did not arbitrarily throw the universe together or randomly toss people around like a salad. God decided that I would be born in Southern California to Tom and Emily Barton in late December of 1969. And nothing since has been an accident in my personal time line. He knows me. He has not misplaced me, but rather he has placed me right where he wants me, right where I was born and raised, right where I can teach my children about his Son, Jesus, right where I would be able to depend upon him for everything and help spread Christianity like wildfire before it’s just the right time for me to be with him forever in heaven!
Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
You guard all that is mine.
The land you have given me is a pleasant land.
What a wonderful inheritance!
I can’t speak for the ones born into poverty, unloving families or places of persecution. All I know is that where God placed me is no accident or luck of the draw. All I know is that he has made this “just the right time” for me to know him and make him known. And this is true for everyone because God’s timing is perfect.
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
I’m so thankful that you don’t expect me to be able to explain everything but just to trust the truth. And the truth is that you know what you’re doing for every person for all of time. Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus so that I can know you and be part of your family forever. I love you so much and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.