daily devotional

When the Right Time Comes

Read Galatians 4:4–5

For the longest time, I didn’t understand the new-car industry.

To my amazement, I discovered that a computer card puts into motion dozens of contacts all over the country. One shop makes only engines. Another, the glass and plastic parts. Some other outfit does nothing but steering wheels, and yet another provides the carpet and vinyl. As the order is placed, it triggers action in all these related areas. And—hopefully—at just the right time the special things arrive at the assembly plant where it all comes together—everything from bumper bolts to windshield wipers. And within a relatively short period of time, a shiny new car is punched out, rolled onto a transport truck, and sent to its proper destination.

What a remarkable arrangement ingenious engineers have devised! And none of it was even thought of 200 years ago.

Now then—if people can come up with an organizational plan as complex and efficient as all that, think of how much more efficient God’s arrangement was over 2,000 years ago. I’m referring to the perfectly synchronized events surrounding the Saviour’s birth, His ministry on earth, and His ultimate accomplishment of our redemption on the cross. For sure, it was no afterthought. Scripture assures us that....

When the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. (Galatians 4:4–5)

That’s how God has always worked...precisely according to plan, and with everything fully under His sovereign control.

What has you wringing your hands today? What hassle or struggle has you feeling like you’re at the end of your rope? There is nothing beyond the gracious and loving gaze of your heavenly Father. Turn to Him. One by one, bring Him your worries right now...and when the right time comes, He will make His move on your behalf.

Devotional content taken from Good Morning, Lord...Can We Talk? by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright © 2018. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries. All rights reserved.

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