Galatians 4:4-5 speaks to us about the perfection of the timing of God. Paul says,
“4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.”
I always get sentimental during the Christmas season and remember my personal Christmas past. When I was 5, Santa brought me a Duke’s of Hazzard race car set, and I can still see my Grandfather sitting on or fireplace hearth smiling and watching me play. I remember the smell of my Mother’s hot apple cider and checking the name tags under the Christmas tree each day. I guess I was impatient in my childhood years.
I can’t lie; I am still impatient. I hate to stand in lines or get stuck behind someone in the passing lane of the Interstate that is going slower than I am. I get frustrated at a store with 30 check-out lines and only three open. I am glad to get that off my chest.
Paul gives us the idea that Israel was impatient, waiting for the coming Messiah. Many had probably lost hope that indeed he would ever come. Had God forgotten them? Maybe he had changed his mind altogether.
That was not the case, according to Paul. He proclaims that God has perfect timing, and the Messiah would appear when the world needed him most. In this season of Christmas, it is easy to become impatient. Once we admit we are impatient, we must take a deep breath and remember that our God has everything under control, and his timing is perfect.