Time

We have heard, “Timing is everything.”  Before my wife, Armetta, and I started dating, a young man asked her out on a date.  (He had good taste)  He invited her to the Nutcracker in Los Angeles to impress her.  The day came when he picked Armetta up, and they drove from Loma Linda to Los Angeles, an hour and a half away.  When they got to the parking lot of the concert hall, it was empty.  It was then that he looked at the tickets.  They were a day late.  Not very impressive.   Lucky me. 

Timing is everything.  John Maxwell says, “Once your timing is off, you can’t expect great results.  In his book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, he shares four outcomes of timing: 

First, the wrong action at the wrong time leads to disaster.

Second, the right action at the wrong time brings resistance

Third, the wrong action at the right time is a mistake

Fourth: the right action at the right time results in success.

Good news, God followed the fourth outcome.  Paul tells us that “when the fullness of time was come (the right time), God sent forth His son,” born of a virgin in Bethlehem.  This right action by God at the right time resulted in success and the redemption of humanity.  

God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Isaiah records, “When the time is right, I, the Lord, will come quickly.  I will make these things happen.”  Just like the proper timing of the birth of Jesus, the Father has the right timing to send forth His Son a second time.  It will be the right time at the best time for all time. 

May you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year as you celebrate the coming of Jesus.

Mr. Norton