WHAT HAPPENS WHEN GOD’S TIME IS HERE?

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN GOD’S TIME IS HERE?

It is no accident that one of the first things that you learn in math, science and art is the recognition of patterns, because in nature, everything conforms to a pattern. The seasons follow a pattern, growth and maturity follow a pattern, even the economy follows cycles and patterns.

So it is little wonder then that even in psychometric tests, one of the fundamental skills used to assess a person’s ability to reason logically is his ability to recognize and develop patterns. Haven’t you ever had to sit for a test in which you are given a sequence of circle, square, star and then asked what comes after square and star?

And traders on the stock market make a living out of this very art form, don’t they? They read charts, graphs and candlesticks, hoping to find out what ‘pattern’ the market is conforming to and how best they should hedge their investments so that they can ride the wave and turn a handsome profit. So for us to ‘stay ahead of the game’, we need to be able to recognize patterns.

Now where do you think this reliance on patterns came from? Yes, no prizes for guessing, it was our Father who put this into place. In fact, learning from patterns is one of the best methods of facilitating learning; because not only can learning take place independent of the teacher, the student can also check his own understanding each and every time the pattern completes a cycle and starts again.

So for us to have a clearer idea of just how our Father works, how He provides and saves, we need to study His patterns, decipher His rhythms; and then we will be able to identify when and how His deliverance will come in our lives. And there is no better pattern of His to study from than this.

“…when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” Galatians 4:4-5

Now, there are a few parts to this pattern, so let’s deal with them one by one.

When the Fullness of Time Had Come
The first thing we need to understand is that God has a time-table. As we have seen from previous messages, there is such a time as ‘God’s time’, and this is because the reality is, we need time to grow.

Everything about us needs time to grow. We need time to grow in stature. We need time to grow in maturity. We need time to grow in experience and we need time to grow in competence. Everything about us takes time so that is why God needs to wait for ‘the fullness of time’.

Imagine if you were asked to solve fluid dynamics equations in the First Grade. Silly isn’t it? How about asking a 6 year old to explain the Law of Relativity? Yes, I must be off my rocker. Consider then expecting someone who has just received Christ to stop sinning the minute he received Christ. Ah, starting to feel guilty now, aren’t we?

You see, the fact is, when we look on as those around us make mistakes, we forget just how arduous our own route to maturity was. We forget just how many times we ourselves slipped and fell; and we are very quick to label those who are younger in the faith as ‘insincere’ each and every time they fall.

But honestly, we ourselves, despite being more mature in the faith than they are, we are still prone to the same mistakes as they are, aren’t we? So we need time to grow, we need ‘the fullness of time’.

Or perhaps you are living through a trial right now and you don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s all pitch black and hopeless. Well, that’s exactly how a sapling feels when it is germinating in the soil. But once it breaks the surface, once it has had the time to grow and mature, things don’t look so dark anymore, does it? And when that happens, like the sapling, we too are able to rise above our situation.

The writer of Ecclesiastes hit the nail on the head with this revelation,

“There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:” Ecclesiastes 3:1 [MSG]

There is most certainly an opportune time, an optimum time, a time when engaging in the endeavor will yield the most and best results; and that is God’s time, the fullness of His time.

God Sent Forth His Son
Now, the next thing we need to realize is that when that time comes, it will be Jesus who will be the one sent to sort things out.

You see, in the same way that the Holy Spirit is the helper and comforter, Jesus is the Arm of God. In very simplistic human terms, His role in the trinity is to do the work, put in the graft; and that is why He says,

“I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10 [AMP]

“And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son.
[Yes] I will grant [I Myself will do for you] whatever you shall ask in My Name [as presenting all that I Am].” John 14:13-14 [AMP]

He is the One who will come to our rescue. He Himself is the One who will grant whatever we ask in His name. He Himself is the One who will do whatever we shall ask in His name. Indeed, Isaiah got it right when he said,

“Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” Isaiah 53:1

To us, has been revealed Jesus, the arm of the Lord. To us has been declared the good news of His salvation. And that is why we have believed. So because we have believed, that is why to us Paul says

“Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” Hebrews 4:16 [AMP]

And in the fullness of time, who is the one that will solve our problems? Jesus.

Born Under the Law to Redeem Those Under the Law
But you know what, beloved? The last revelation is the sweetest. Because it tells us that God’s fullness of time has already arrived. For you see, because

“…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

And “the wages of sin is death,” Romans 6:23

Somebody needs to do something about our problem of sin, for without which, we cannot possibly even remotely hope of coming anywhere near God in the sinful state that we were in, much less

“…fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” Hebrews 4:16 [AMP]

And that was why Jesus was sent.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

You see, ““Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord God, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live?”” Ezekiel 18:23

“‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.’” Ezekiel 33:11

God doesn’t want to see us burn in our own sin, He loves us too much to ever want to let that happen. So He sends Jesus, the One in-charge of getting things done, to sort out our problem of sin for us. And solve it He did, for when He hung on the cross,

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMP]

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

That is why we can now “…fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” Hebrews 4:16 [AMP]

And that is the gospel, beloved; that is the good news of which we preach; that the burden that once we carried has now been lifted, the obstacle that once stood between God and us has been removed. But even though that in itself is wonderful news, there is still more, because,

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

That is why Paul says that “…when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” Galatians 4:4-5

For receive adoption as sons we all already have.

Beloved, I know that your troubles are still staring you in the face. And that is most probably because the fullness of time for that particular issue has yet to arrive. There may be more for you to learn and more for you to experience before you are able to see the fullness of His love for you through that situation.

Yet we can take heart for because the biggest obstacle of our sin has already been removed, because we are already our Father’s beloved child, because we can

“…fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” Hebrews 4:16 [AMP]

We can have the confidence that it is only a matter of time before whatever problems that we are facing are over as well. For indeed,

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:31

So hang in there beloved. His fullness of time for your situation is coming. Jesus is on His way.

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:3

Jesus is never late. It just seems that way because there are still things for us to learn and experience.

But “…When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.” 1 Peter 1:7 [MSG]

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