“But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law. . .”
We know about the fullness of time. We know a baby has to incubate in its mother for at least seven and ideally nine months before it can live outside her womb. Parents and medical professionals go to great lengths to keep that bun in the oven until it’s “done.”
We know better than to try to help a baby bird peck its way out of its egg or a new-born butterfly work free of its chrysalis.
We know all that–but waiting for all the details to come together for something that matters to us is hard. Waiting for that job to come through is hard. Waiting for that birthday (when you’re little), that wedding, that reunion, that promise to be made good, that anticipated event, that person, that inheritance is hard. Waiting–is–hard.
But waiting is the price it takes to have it turn out right. (Waiting is also the price it takes to develop the holy fruit of endurance and self-control.) If we force the bud open, it dies. Don’t do that to relationships. Don’t do that to your circumstances.
God doesn’t do that to you.
God does everything in the fullness of time. In the fullness of time, He sent Jesus to us to take the punishment for our crimes against Him. It took thousands of years to prepare for his coming, to call together a people to know and reverence a single, all-wise, all-powerful, everywhere-present Deity. It took time to convince them they needed a Savior, to raise up one prophet after another to set in place and build on the promises describing where he would be born and to whom, what he would be like, first as servant and then as Sovereign, what he would do and what that would accomplish for them.
It took years to bring the Roman Empire to the pinnacle of its power, with roads to carry the good news to every corner of it and a common trade language in which to make it known–and even a form of execution unknown, unpracticed before or since.
It took time to prepare a young virgin’s heart for the angel’s message and time for Joseph and the donkey bearing Mary to trudge to Bethlehem.
Several times during Jesus’ three-year ministry he slipped through crowds who were intent on lynching him–because “his time had not yet come” to die.
The consummation of the waiting, the fullness of time, doesn’t necessarily take a long time. God can bring the culmination about in an instant. Jesus did not go up to the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem with his brothers because it was “not his time.” After his brothers left for the feast, it was his time and he went, secretly.
When God brought down the walls of Jericho, He did it in a day.
When He brought down the Berlin Wall, after nearly thirty years, He did it in a day.
When God re-birthed the nation Israel after 2,500 years, He did it in a day.
When Jesus returns, a lot of pieces will have had to be put in place first–yet it will happen in the blink of an eye, in the microsecond it takes for lightning to strike.
You can trust Him for the timing of whatever you are waiting for. He has it all under His reasoned control. Be ready and start thanking Him now.