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Today’s 333 Devotional: “When Did the Birth of Jesus Occur?”
Answer: In The Fullness of Time
“But when the fullness of the time had come.” (Galatians 4:4)
God isn’t haphazard about anything. God is the source and center of all order. He is the greatest clockmaker of all time. In other words, God’s clock never has to go to the repair shop, nor does it ever need new batteries.
The course of God’s creation is exact and undeviating.
Further, the Bible says that God doesn’t change (Malachi 2:6). Therefore, God had an appointed time for this great event to occur from the very foundations of the universe, from the very beginning of time, even before time itself came into existence.
So, what we must remember is that God’s redemptive plan for humanity wasn’t some divine afterthought on the part of God. In other words, after Adam and Eve blew it, God didn’t say, “Well I got to come up with a new plan.” No! The Apostle Peter said that all God’s works are known by Him throughout all eternity (Acts 15:18).
We, however, are a very impatient people. We live in a society of instant everything; instant food, news, and weather. We want things right when we want them. Think about it, when personal computers came on the market it took over a minute to get the programs loaded. Now, if it takes more than a couple of seconds, we’re pounding the monitor.
The unfortunate part is that we bring this attitude into our relationship with God and into the things of God. We want our prayers answered right now. We want God to work on our behalf right now. And when difficulties persist and we don’t see God moving, we become impatient and start working it out for ourselves.
But God’s timing is not our own. What Paul reminds us of is that God is never too early and He is never too late. Instead, the Lord is always right on time.
(From the sermon, “The Sum Total of the Christmas Message.” Check it out on our YouTube Channel, “Mesquite NV Living Waters Fellowship,” or read on our webpage, “mesquitelivingwaters.com,” or Sermon Central, “sermoncentral.com.”)
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