Delivery on Time • Timing is Everything
I am a fan of history. I get it from my father, I am sure. It was my favorite subject in school as well. Unfortunately, I think its lessons and importance are somewhat lost on the younger generation. It is well said that those who do not learn from it, will repeat it and we can see the fallout of that today. I enjoy the period of the Civil War and look forward to the time when I can travel to cities such as Boston, Cambridge, and Philadelphia to soak in the rich history, if those evidences still exist, that formed our great nation. One such story is of a herald of sorts whose name is Paul Revere. Popularized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1863 poem, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, we see a loyal patriot risk his life to warn the colonial militia of the impending invasion of the British troops. He was also instrumental in forming an early warning system so effective that people in towns twenty-five miles away knew of the Army’s movements while they were still unloading the boats in Cambridge Harbor. Although he is wrongly credited with saying, “The British are Coming” (he actually said, “the regulars are coming out”), it is important to note that an alarm raised by three riders allowed the Patriots to push the British troops back to the Harbor. Think about it, all that without GPS and iPhones. It goes beyond saying that timing was indeed everything.
The Bible is not just history; it is the present and future telling of His-story. In Isaiah 40, Isaiah is speaking to the Israelites as yet future exiles. As David Jeremiah states in his commentary, “God still cares for them and intends to deliver them…and renew their broken covenant relationship. To facilitate reconciliation, God announces that He will send His Suffering Servant to atone for their sins.” In verses 3-5 we read of another Herald, “A voice cries: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’” He alludes to the custom of a prince that would send men before him to prepare the way in which they were planning to pass. It is a prophetic warning of the perfect timing of the coming of our Lord seven hundred years later. God’s people had a broken relationship with Him. Separation was caused by sin. Through Isaiah, God was calling them to repentance, leading to reconciliation, resulting in a relationship.
Is that what God is calling you to today? Are there impassable paths that need to be made straight in your life? Are there hills and valleys that need to be leveled? Call on the one true God that sent His Son, at the perfect time in His-story, to reclaim that which was lost in the garden. Claim for yourself that which was won on Calvary, a new beginning of a reconciled friend.
The timing is perfect, and the time is now.