(Paul Merrill writes here every First Friday.)

I grew up hearing the phrase, “in ‘the fullness of time’ “. That’s found in Galatians 4:4 in the King James Version of the Bible – a translation that is no longer commonly used. (The English language has changed a lot since 1611.)

In my favorite translation (the New Living), that passage reads, “…when the right time came…” And you have to hear the rest, “God sent his Son…” God sent Jesus to the earth at the exact time He had planned. God’s followers, the Jews, were looking for the promised Messiah ever since prophets had mentioned that He would be coming – many, many years before then.

Those who follow Jesus now are looking for His physical second coming to this planet. No one knows when that will be, though many have set a date and it passed. But exploring that is not my purpose in writing today.

Let’s think about God’s timing. It’s often, or shall we say, normally different than what our choice of timing would be.

A good friend has been a pastor in a small town for many years. Within the first few months, he and his wife discovered that living there would be a challenge. He began looking for a new position after about two years. God had different timing. They found a new position in a very different location and will move there in early November. This is several years after they wanted to move on.

I could go on about all the lessons they learned living there. I won’t. It was really hard for them to wait. It was hard to knock on doors and not see them open. It was hard to imagine how life would be nicer in another town.

As you wait, remember that God knows. He has a plan.

2 thoughts on “Impatient

  1. Joseph Ruiz

    Paul, selfishly speaking thanks for being God’s mouthpiece today. I needed to hear this. More importantly I need to live this.
    Thank you
    Grace and Peace.


  2. Dave Moody

    God’s timing is most often far slower than ours, purposefully. And then it is like Psalm 126. I’m convinced, though I fail in the practice of my conviction, that Augustine was right, “My heart is ever restless, until it finds its rest in thee.” Help though my unbelief oh Lord.

    God’s blessings to you,


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