Nazareth • Devotion #2: Perfect Timing

God’s sovereignty is something that leaves me in a constant state of awe. To know that God is in complete control, and there is not a rouge atom in our universe is one of the most perplexing and comforting truths there is. For many of us, the moment tragedy or adversity strikes, we frantically try to figure out what to do. Most of the time, in the heat of the moment, we do some peculiar things. I remember during a family crisis, I felt it necessary to bring my sister’s cat with me in my car. At that moment, I was not able to think clearly and had no plan; I just reacted. This is not how God acts.

The worst day for all mankind is the day sin entered the world. Because of Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God, all of humanity now had a separation between them and their creator. Sin brought spiritual death into the world. Since humans were now spiritually dead, actions such as pride, murder, rage, lust, and envy became a part of man’s daily routine. At this moment, everything God created, everything that He deemed “good,” was now thrown into chaos. At the moment sin entered the world, God cursed man, woman, creation, and the serpent (who is the devil). At this moment, God tells the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:14-15).

One of the hardest truths I have had to come to grips with in life is the fact that I am not God. I love my methods; I think I am good at making plans, but the reality is I am not God. His ways are vastly higher than mine, His insight is perfect, His plan is perfect, and His timing is perfect. There are many people who question God’s plan. In the case of sin entering the world, we see God respond instantaneously with a perfect plan. Galatians 4:4-6 says, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’”

God’s timing is perfect. God’s ways are perfect. When God says He is going to do something, it will happen. In Genesis, when God says that the serpent was going to be crushed, it was not something that happened right away. Eventually, “the fullness of time had come,” and God sent Jesus. Amazingly, God knew other things had to happen before it was the perfect time for Jesus. God needed to ensure that humans knew they could not keep the law. He needed mankind to understand that they could not crush the serpent’s head on their own merit. God waited for the perfect moment to fulfill this prophecy. 

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