“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.”
Last night I nuked four bagel wraps in the microwave for 45 seconds. Last week I baked a ham for two hours. Right now coffee is brewing in the coffee maker. That will take about 5 minutes. A trip to the beach requires a journey of five hours, and I can make it to my hometown in Virginia in about nine hours.
We clock into this world at the moment of conception and for the remainder of our lives “time” measures every day, every event, every undertaking. Absolutely everything in life requires the investment of time.
We don’t know how much time we have been allotted to live on this earth. You can’t relive it, and you can’t buy it back. The only time over which you have control is now and the limited time ahead.
Referring to the time in which we live the apostle Paul instructed, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity…” (Ephesians 5:15,16) Put simply, don’t squander the precious time you have been given on this earth.
Opportunities come and go. The wisdom that comes down from above (James 3:17) helps us to know when, how, and if we should act upon those opportunities. Then the word of God and the inner voice of the Holy Spirit confirm it.
The greatest of all opportunities takes little investment of time. Praying to receive Christ and eternal life requires less than a minute.
But other worthwhile pursuits involve many years of our lives. In my 70 years on earth, 46 of them have been invested in marriage, 42 as a father, and 13 years as a grandfather. And I thank God for every precious moment.
As with all of God’s gifts, we should be good stewards of time. Take advantage of the time you have while you have it.
It is also important to consider how God uses time in the life of the believer. In our focus text we read, “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” When everything was ready, God sent His Son to save us. He used time to prepare, to set the stage, to bring together all that was necessary for our redemption.
When I was a young man, I prayed for a wife. Decided somewhere away from my small hometown, God would introduce me to the girl I would marry. It didn’t happen. Once out of the Navy, I headed back home where I had taken a job as the choir director of my home church. On the first day back, I stopped by the church to look through the music files. As I walked up the steps to the music office, I encountered a beautiful young girl.
Every day, for five years, I had prayed. So much so I had a vision etched in my mind of what she would look like. There, standing on the steps in front of me was literally, the girl of my dreams. My first words to her were not a come-on but a sincere statement, “Haven’t I seen you someplace before?”
As a Christian, you are not marching through time all alone. You have the help of the Heavenly Father. He supernaturally works to bring things together to accomplish His good purposes for your life — in the fullness of time. In the five years I prayed for a wife, He worked behind the scenes in the life of a young girl who was praying for a husband. Only a few days prior to my return home God moved her, from miles away, to my hometown. Right town, right church, right place, at the right time.
If God hasn’t yet answered your prayer don’t give up hope. It may appear that time is working against you when it fact God is using time for you. The dream He has planted in your heart will become a reality when the time has fully come.
Time is God’s gift. Take advantage of every opportunity He gives you. And know He is working in time to accomplish His good plan for your life.
For more on this topic, check out this article: How God Works for Us Behind the Scenes
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.