Words from the Heart for Sunday December 3rd, 2017
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law.
Galatians 4:4 (NIV)
The Time Had Come
It is always an exciting moment when the Lord announces that the time has come! The plan of God to send His Son and redeem a world lost in sin was scheduled by the Lord even before the promise had been made. Now the time had fully come. All the people the Lord planned to use, began to receive messages from Him. They would find out what part they would now have in His plan.
The Newfoundland Time Zone consists only of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Officially, the entire province is in the Newfoundland Time Zone by legislation. In practice, however, Newfoundland Time is observed only on the island of Newfoundland, its offshore islands, and southeastern Labrador communities south of Black Tickle. The rest of Labrador, from Cartwright north and west, observes the Atlantic Time Zone along with the rest of Atlantic Canada. Southeastern Labrador prefers Newfoundland Time in part to synchronize with the schedule of radio broadcasts from Newfoundland.
God’s timing is always perfect. Not only does God have a perfect plan for our lives, but the timing of His plan always works out according to a timetable that He has set down long ago. The best illustration of this is in the plan of redemption that God reveals throughout the pages of Scripture. Not only did God put into action this plan by sending Jesus in fulfillment of prophecy, but He did it at just the right time. Paul explains it this way in Galatians 4:4: “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law.” This verse begins with one of my favourite phrases in the Bible – when the time had fully come. The plan to redeem the world had been set by God even before He created the world. He knew that sin would have a profound effect on not just the human heart, but all of His creation. So He crafted a plan to ultimately overcome sin and restore that which sin stole. If He could do that perfectly, with perfect timing, imagine what He can do in your life.
These have been words from the heart.