“At just the right time”
The fact that God so often acts “at just the right time” is for me one of His more annoying characteristics! If I were going to invent God I would much prefer Him to act well in advance of my impending needs. Just “to be sure.” Just so my faith would not need to be so tenuously stretched… my prayers less despairingly offered.
But no, God often prefers bringing us to the brink. Red Sea experiences, leaving us no option but to trust Him. He lets us sweat it out… you know, no pain, no gain…. again… and again.
The text placed before us is this: “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” (Rom. 5:6).
“At just the right time” God does His Will. His actions are never late, seldom early, but usually and annoyingly “at just the right time.” With God, “enough” is all you need, “more than enough” is sacrilege, wasteful, He knows what He intends to do. He has said to us,
“…I know the plans I have for you… plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer. 29:11).
He simply says, “Trust me.”
In the margin of my Bible yesterday I noticed a quote by Roger C Pslms I had copied over thirty years ago: “When the time is right, and it is necessary, God will do the impossible.”
And this is true. Consider the miracle of water to wine, of the great catch of fish, of feeding five thousand, of Peter walking on water, of Lazarus brought again to life. Each had its timetable. Each had its “impossible” imminence. Each exposed mortality’s powerlessness. Yet in their end, each displayed Divinity’s magnificence!
Just think… you have the power to act in a manner that in the end can display the magnificence of God! You who are “powerless” can TRUST… WAIT… and SEE God act “at just the right time.” Then, when He does, everyone will know it was God’s work, not yours. Because you believed others will see His magnificence!
I don’t like the process any more than you do. No matter where one is in one’s spiritual growth the next challenge is always just a wee bit beyond the previous one. But our God is always faithful.
You can choose to be faith-full too!
This past Sunday our guests were Tyler and Heidi Hill and family.