When the Time Was Right – Galatians 4:4-5

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

Galatians 4:4-5 NIV

Waiting can be hard. The culture I am in is, more and more, one that promotes instant gratification. Fast food, drive thru banking, instant credit, express service, speed dating, and so on. We are impatient and don’t like waiting.

But God is not like us. He is willing to wait until the time is right. When the time was right, he called Abraham to follow him, he called Moses to lead his people out of Egypt, he sent Israel off into exile, and then brought them back. And, when the time was right, he sent his Son to us. A Son who was born under the same conditions that each of us are. His purpose in coming was to redeem us from the law, from the empty way of life we had (1 Pet. 1:18), and to make us sons of God.

I don’t know why God chose the time he did for each step in redemptions story. I have a very limited view of history. And even less so of the future. But God is not limited in either his knowledge, or his ability to accomplish his purpose in creation. In my impatience I often want him to act now. But, just maybe, I should trust him to act in his own time. He knows what he is doing, and so my best course of action is simply to come alongside him and let him lead. Trusting him to do what is best, and to act when the time is right.

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