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. (Galatians 4:4-5)
It’s obvious that we live in a culture averse to waiting. Self-check out lines. Two-day shipping. Fast food. Microwave dinners. Netflix. The Christmas season is no different, at least for most of us. We easily get caught up in the hustle and bustle. Before we know it, December 25 has come and gone and we never took a moment to enjoy it.
When we pay attention to Advent, it affords us the opportunity to more intentionally meditate on God’s deliberate and meticulous plan. It’s during Advent we are reminded that “when the fullness of time had come” God sent Jesus. The Apostle Paul told his readers that before Messiah came, we were imprisoned under the law. That is, the law showed how sinful we were. We needed a deliverer and God couldn’t come soon enough! The people of Israel probably thought, Where is Messiah? We’re tired of waiting already! If only God had rush-delivery!
But God wouldn’t be rushed. At the right time in human history, when peoples and nations, shepherds and kings, paupers and priests, had been prepared for Messiah, his words, and his actions, Jesus came. Not a minute too soon or too late.
When was the last time you slowed down? When was the last time you, with unhurried delight, met with the Lord, your spouse, a friend? Perhaps you are dealing with a “delay” right now and you wish God would hurry it up. Take heart. He sees you and cares. But he also sees the bigger picture. If he can be trusted with the right moment to send Jesus, he can be trusted in the smaller delays in your life. This Advent, let God’s deliberateness in sending his Son in the fullness of time give you pause, calm your rushed soul, and turn your eyes to worship him.
Scripture and Reflection Questions
Read Galatians 4:1-7
- Do you feel rushed this Christmas season? Is there something you need to stop or say “no” to?
- Read v. 25. How does the freedom you have in Jesus free you from the hustle and bustle of the season?
- Is God currently making you wait for something? How does Jesus’ arrival at the right time in history give you reason to pause and trust God in the meantime?
- What practices can you integrate into your life this Advent that might help you better reflect on God’s deliberate and meticulous plan of redemption?