“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”Galatians 4:4-5
The Christmas season is one full of hustle and bustle, and it seems we are always scrambling to get things done. The calendar fills up as there are holiday parties, work parties, and plenty of shopping and cooking to do. We ensure everyone we need to get as gift for is accounted for, and we set aside time to meet with family and loved ones. I always say I am going to get ahead of the game with my Christmas planning and shopping, but it seems I am still rushing around at the last minute to make sure everything is done and finalized. As a kid, I had none of these concerns as I just could not wait for the clock to strike midnight on Christmas Eve. Now, I am hoping everything was done by the time strikes midnight on Christmas Eve.
Our Pastor was going over this passage recently and he described that Joseph may have been questioning God’s timing as he looked for a place for his bride to deliver her first-born child. This child was the Son of God, and here he was looking for a place for the baby to be born and striking out at every turn. I imagine many thoughts raced through his mind as he desperately tried to find a place for Mary, and I am sure he had a nicer place in mind than a stable that housed animals. We sing the song “Silent Night”, but to live that experience in real life must have been stressful as I am sure Joseph wanted things to be just right.
We recently hosted a Walk Through Christmas at our church and we had a live nativity scene with animals and a depiction of what things may have been like. The many people who sacrificed their time and talents nailed it as it came to life when the animals and actors took their places. It may not have seemed to Mary and Joseph as an ideal location to have a baby, but God had an ultimate plan since the beginning of time. When sin entered the world, there was need for a remedy and a Savior to save us. There are countless verses that foretell of the Messiah’s birth, so His coming was no secret to those who knew the Scriptures. God’s sent His Son at the perfect time such as noted in the verse, “When the fullness of time was come.”
God’s timing is always perfect, even though it may seem that is does not come soon enough or comes at a time of inconvenience. We tend to question God and His timing, but He is never too late or too early. He sent His Son at the perfect time to be the Savior of the world, and we remember this season because of the birth of His Son. He can be trusted even when fear and doubts arise as He knows the perfect time to perform His good work.
Will you trust Him today? Will you trust His timing in your life? Will you accept His Son as your Lord and Savior? May we trust Him and His timing, and may we never doubt the goodness of our God. Psalm 56:3-4 states, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” Our God is always good, and He is always right on time.