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The Right Time

“Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage.  So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.” Exodus 2:23-25

My freshman year in college I changed my major, after the first term, from theology to health science. This was a dramatic change when it came to the core requirements of the degree and ended up adding at least and extra term to my college calendar. It also put me a little out of sync with the preferred pattern for organizing the order in which you take your classes.

One of the classes I attempted to take out of order was the course Introduction To Biochemistry. At first I was hopeful that I could make whatever adjustment was required to successfully complete the class but the farther I got into the term the more it became clear that I just didn’t have the required background knowledge to pass the class. Fortunately I was able to change my status from taking the class for credit to taking it as an audit. Unfortunately it meant that I’d wasted that time and added more time to the earning of my degree.

Fast forward two years and you’ll find me back in Intro to Biochem and this time I’ve taken general chemistry and a few other courses that have prepared me to get what I’m supposed to get out of the course. Now instead of facing disaster I can look forward to earning an A.

My experience illustrates the reality that sometimes success is only possible if the right prerequisites are in place. If we haven’t accomplished the pre-work required failure becomes our only option.

Many times when we look at God’s interventions on behalf of men we wonder why he took so long to step in. Why did he need several thousand years to elapse before he sent the savior? Why has another two thousand years needed to pass since the first advent? And, considering Moses and the children of Israel, why did the Jewish people have to be slaves in Egypt so long before God stepped in and set them free? He’s God can’t he do what he wants whenever he wants?

There’s a saying in life that, “Timing is everything.” It appears that if the outcome is going to be successful this is true even for God.

The good news is that scripture tells us that God knows the beginning from the end. That means he knows when the right time is. When it comes to life we usually have to guess but God doesn’t. He knows.

So once again it comes down to this: are we willing to trust God with the task of being God and having control of guiding our lives?

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