The Passage of Time (Photo credit: ToniVC)
As some of you know, one of my favorite scriptures is Galatians 4:4. When the fullness of time had come God sent forth His Son… It speaks loudly to me because my life has been full of instances where everything had to be ready for the next step to happen. The fullness concept is that, over the millennia, God has put every person, place, event, and so on, in place, to reach that particular moment on the time line. He does the very same thing for us. Every one of our life events is ordered so that as time marches on everything is in place for the next event. (I’m in no way saying we don’t have choices, it’s that our choices have ripple effects.)
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 complements Galatians 4:4 by being more specific about the order of time. This Old Testament writing has great relevance to the effect of time.
These beautiful words have much to say about the fact that time effects every part of our lives. We have to remember that there is a natural order to life events and it’s God’s job to create the sequence. How would we know what death is without birth, what weeping is without laughter, what silence is without speaking, what war is without peace?
Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us ‘He has made everything beautiful in its time.’ reminding us that even though we may live in historical period and culture that says, ‘You can have it all and you can have it now!” that’s not God’s plan. The rest of this verse says, ‘Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from beginning to the end.’ Our desire to understand God’s sequence for our lives is not easily attainable, sometimes, we never do figure out the why’s of life’s events. Even so, as we grow and mature, more and more is made known to us. For me, knowing that God is in control is enough.
Worship Him with the beautiful images and music of In His Time.
Heavenly Father, teach us to wait on You. Give us the Wisdom to know when the time is full for any of our endeavors. Control me, Lord. Give us strength and courage to model You and Your Word in every matter of our lives. I lift this prayer in Jesus saving Name. Make it so!