|Christmas is a Picture of God’s Perfect Timing
By Greg Sanders
Galatians 4: 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.
Christmas seems to involve a whole lot of waiting…especially if you are kid. Kids are waiting for school to get out, for Christmas to get here, and then finally waiting to see what presents they will receive. For adults, life involves a whole lot of waiting as well. Things don’t often happen on our timetable as we think they should. One of the lessons Christmas teaches us is that God has perfect timing.
The first Christmas did not occur at some random moment when God finally got around to doing what He had promised in Genesis. Galatians 4 says that God had a “set time” when sending Jesus would do the most damage to darkness and yield the greatest impact for His Kingdom. Obviously God got it right. The life of Jesus has forever split time both historically and spiritually. One great takeaway from God’s timing of the first Christmas is the fact that God always has perfect timing. He had perfect timing concerning the birth and life of Jesus and He has it for your life as well.
In 2 Peter 3:9, we are reminded that, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” We must remember that anytime there is a pause in life, there is a God-ordained purpose that is taking place. God always has perfect timing. The famous Christmas song, O Holy Night, tells of creation’s plight until Jesus came. It says, “Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.” The author was correct. The appearance of Jesus changed everything and one thing that was displayed on that night was that His timing is perfect.
Today’s Challenge: Remember that God has perfect timing for your life. Where there is a pause there is also a purpose. Trust God until He appears and fulfills His word.