Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
Shortly after creating the heavens and the earth, God made ways to track time. It matters to him, or perhaps I should say that our ability to know time matters to God.
He does his work, then, in time, not outside of time. Again, this is for us. The eternal God in himself has no need of time. Yet we recognize that when he does things, they are timely. The birth of Jesus was at the right time. And it was the time for his people to be redeemed from sin.
While we can't know exactly why God would choose the time he did, we can trust that he knows all about that timing. Likewise, the time we were born, our time and location, and the many details of our lives which reflect time are purposeful. God doesn't waste time. He uses it.
The time of our adoption into Christ's kingdom is purposeful. The time we spend waiting on God is just right. And at the right time we receive an inheritance, calling on God as our loving Father.
May we have grace to perceive the times rightly. Thanks be to God.
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