But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent His Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law. Thus, we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance (Galatians 4:4-7 The Message).
If you are a Christian, you have probably experienced the perfect timing of God the Father in your life. Even the day of your salvation may have been an example – you were in the right place at the right time to hear the words about Christ that spoke to your heart and His Spirit prompted you to say, “Yes, I believe.”
There are occasions when something happened at just the right time that can only be explained by God’s perfect timing. These could include near misses that could have resulted in a terrible accident, or something as simple as an encouraging phone call that came just when you needed it.
I’m sure, like me, many things come to mind when you consider God’s perfect timing in your life.
The birth of our Savior happened when the fullness of the time had come, when (in God’s plan) the proper time had fully come, when the time came to completion, when the appointed time arrived, when the time was right, when the set time had fully come, when the appropriate time had come, when the chosen time came, when the right time arrived. Every biblical translator agreed that it was perfectly planned. Old Testament prophets looked forward to the fulfillment of the promise of the day when the Christ child would be born of a woman and provide salvation for us. We look back on the perfect fulfillment of that promise.
Knowing that the first coming of Jesus was perfectly timed by the Father, we also know that the Father has perfectly timed His coming again.
And they will see the Son of Man arrive on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send forth his angels with the sound of a mighty trumpet blast, and they will gather together his chosen ones from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven…However, no one knows the day or the hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows (Matthew 24:30b-31, 36 NLT)
I look back upon the fulfilled promise of the first coming of Jesus and look forward with eager anticipation to His coming again. I am so grateful for our Father’s perfect timing.