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God’s time affects your time

By Pastor Monte Knudsen, FCOC | Dec 22, 2017

Galatians 4:4-5, “When the fullness of time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, that we might receive adoption as sons.

On a sad day in September 2001, terrorism hit our nation. And on that same day came two little boys to our home through foster care. The first question one of the boys asked when he met me, “Will this be my forever home?”

I didn’t know that day those boys would become my sons. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is an appointed time for everything, a time for every event under heaven.”

He has made everything appropriate in its time. And he has set eternity in the heart of everyone.

Christmas is not a happenstance. It isn’t random. God sent Jesus right on time. Interestingly enough, it also affected Joseph and Mary’s timing. They had a hard time seeing the big picture. I’m sure they felt the timing was off.

Their marriage wasn’t yet consummated; the child would be born in occupied territory; the census totally disrupted plans; the housing situation was inadequate. Timing couldn’t have seemed worse. Yet in the light of God’s prophetic word, the timing was perfect.

Genesis 3:5: When Adam and Eve fell, God said, “I’ve got a plan.”

Genesis 12: The Savior would be Abraham’s seed.

Genesis 49: The Savior would come from Judah’s tribe.

2 Samuel 7: The Messiah would be in David’s line.

Isaiah 7:14: He would be born of a virgin.

Micah 5:2: He would be born in Bethlehem.

Psalm 72:10: He would be visited and honored by wise men.

I wonder if at times we don’t see God’s timing at work in our own lives because so many inconveniences are taking place around us. Our kids keep us busy at full throttle; our work has heavy demands; the older we get the faster time seems to go. My Dad used to tell me, “Growing old is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the quicker it seems to disappear.”

Christmas reminds me of God’s timing. Three hundred and thirty three times in the Old Testament, he reveals the coming of Jesus to earth. Where he would be born, when it would happen, how it would happen, and what he would do. Amazingly, it all happened just as God said it would. Even more stunning is that God tells us he is coming back to earth eight times more than he did his first coming.

Over 2,400 scriptures tell us Jesus is coming again. And they are filled with detail — that Israel would become a nation again; that wars and rumors of wars would be at full scale; that earthquakes would dramatically increase; that knowledge would exponentially increase; and people would move around the earth with ease.

God’s timing affects your timing. He even declares there is a timing for you to know him, and that timing is today. Remember, God has put eternity into every human heart. That’s why we desire to make a difference, to live a long life and to know what happens when we die. Our hearts tell us there is a very big picture and I am part of it. Don’t miss the timing of God in your life. There really is peace to you and goodwill from God. The message of Christmas is not ancient history. The message is now — today. Today you can experience his love and forgiveness; his guidance and direction; his saving and delivering power.

Just as he knew all about Joseph and Mary and shepherds in a field, and wise men on a journey from the East, He knows about you, too. His timing is never off. Isn’t it time we trust him?

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