You’ve probably heard the statement, “timing is everything.” It applies to so many things. Whether it’s a timely hit in a 9th inning of a championship baseball game, how a comedian delivers the punch line, where the receiver is when the quarterback releases the Hail Mary pass down the field, or that embarrassing moment at the Junior High band concert when someone played a loud note when the rest of the band paused for the rest written on the musical score.
Penned by the man referred to as the wisest ever are the words, there a time for everything and every activity under heaven. Those words are found the third chapter of the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. In that same chapter Solomon concludes that God has made everything beautiful in its time.
When you read the Bible you read about God’s timing. He’s never late, He’s never early, He’s always has perfect timing. It’s one thing to read about those perfect timing moments of God but totally a different thing to wonder about His timing in the events and challenges of our own lives. Our real life experiences cause us to think thoughts like, this couldn’t have happened at a worse time, not now or when will God show up?
The God that parted the Red Sea at the right time for Moses and the throng of people fleeing the tyranny of Egypt’s king is the same God that arranged history so a young couple would find themselves in Bethlehem where prophets had prophesied the Son of God would be born.
In learning to trust God I have found out that God’s timing isn’t always what I would have liked or expected. From our perspective we are prone to think that God is slow to respond or we wonder why He didn’t come through in the time frame we had in mind. Yet there are times when I’ve seen God provide exactly what I needed when I had no idea where it would come from.
In the beauty of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ is the story of how God’s plan to redeem fallen humanity came at just the right time and just how God had say it would.
Jesus’ disciple Peter writes of God’s time table, “Do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” Peter goes on to write, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise.”
Our message series for the Christmas season will be called “Perfect Timing.”
I hope you’ll plan to be with us each Sunday at one of our three worship times, and also plan to join us on Christmas Eve for our Candlelight Service at 5:30 PM.
I encourage you to invite others to come with.