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Gal 4:4-5 ESV But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
The first part of this verse focuses on God’s timing being perfect. That phrase fullness of time refers to a glass that is being filled up. In this case events were filling up the cup of history until it was full. It was at that moment that Jesus burst on the scene in human form.
You see God’s timing was perfect. Christmas is a celebration of God’s planning being carried out in human history with flawless perfection.
In this holiday season, which has become difficult due to the impact of COVID-19, let us remember that God can use us no matter what the situation or medium. He is always at work and his timing is as perfect as a quarterback’s timing is with a gifted receiver.
Michael Ramsden, a co-worker with Ravi Zacharias, shared the following true story about a minister from Iran who experienced God’s perfect timing. As the minister was driving with his wife, they stopped in a small Iranian village to purchase some water. Before entering, the minister noticed a man holding a machine gun and leaning against the wall outside the store. The minister’s wife looked at the man’s face and the gun, then put a Bible in her husband’s hand and said, “Give that man this Bible.” Her husband looked at the man—his menacing beard and his machine gun—and replied, “I don’t think so.” But she persisted: “I’m serious. Give it to him. Please, give him the Bible.”
Trying to avoid the issue, the husband said, “Okay, I’ll pray about it.” He went into the shop, purchased the water, climbed back into the car, and started to drive away. His wife looked at him and said, “I guess you didn’t give him the Bible, did you?” Looking straight ahead, he replied, “No, I prayed about it and it wasn’t the right thing to do.” She quietly said, “You should have given him the Bible,” and then she bowed her head and started praying. At that point, he turned around and told his wife, “Fine! If you want me to die, I will.”
When the minister returned to the store, the man with the machine gun was still standing against the wall. The minister approached him and placed the Bible in his hand. When the man opened it and saw it was a Bible, he started to cry. “I don’t live here,” he said. “I had to walk for three days in order to get to this village. But three days ago an angel appeared to me and told me to walk to this village and wait until someone had given me the Book of Life. Thank you for giving me this book.”
The minister, due to his wife’s influence, participated in God’s perfect timing. As we move closer to Christmas, which is a celebration of God’s timing, may we not forget that He wants to use us in his mission. He wants us to be open to caring and sharing as God opens the door. May we not miss out on His timing for us?
10. Hey! Now there’s a gift!
9. Well, well, well…
8. Boy, if I had not recently shot up 4 sizes that would’ve fit.
7. This is perfect for wearing around the basement.
6. Boy. I hope this never catches fire! It is fire season though. There are lots of unexplained fires.
5. If the dog buries it, I’ll be furious!
4. I love it – but I fear the jealousy it will inspire.
3. To think I got this the year I vowed to give all my gifts to charity.
2. I really don’t deserve this.
1. Thank you.