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Today’s Truth

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law” (Galatians 4:4, ESV).

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Some women enjoy the experience of being pregnant—the “glow,” the added attention, the belly pats, the pampering from others, and the unexpected kicks from the inside out. Me, not so much.

Don’t get me wrong, I did marvel at how the Lord was growing another human being inside of my body and I was truly grateful for the gift of motherhood. It’s just that my frame is quite petite. The expansion of my belly during my two pregnancies quickly overwhelmed all 5’2” of me! As my stomach grew, so did my ankles and my feet. Breathing became difficult as the months passed and my diaphragm became increasingly pressed up against my lungs. By the time the ninth month of my pregnancies would roll around, I was always quite FULL!

Relief from my overcrowded situation had me singularly focused on my calculated due date, which in the case of both of my children, came and went without either child in utero paying much attention.

It wasn’t until the fullness of the Lord’s intended time that my labor pains began and my children were birthed—my daughter, nine days after her expected due date and my son, four days beyond his.

It’s these pregnancy experiences which come to mind when I read Today’s Truth:

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law” (Galatians 4:4, ESV).

You see, the nation of Israel was pregnant with anticipation for a coming Messiah. The voice of God had been silent for nearly 400 years when Mary gave birth to Jesus. In fact, without their knowing, all of humanity was ripe for redemption—unable to redeem themselves from wrongdoing or from the guilt which plagued them in the aftermath of their sin. And just as most pregnancies come to fruition in their own fullness of time, the Lord’s redemptive plans for the world came to pass at just the right time.

The Apostle Paul expounds on this concept when he shares these insights about the timing of Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross:

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6, NIV).

Depending upon your version of the Bible, the phrase “the fullness of time,” “at just the right time,” or “at the appointed time” occurs over 20 times. This tells us something important about the Lord: He’s patient, purposeful, and well-planned.

We can take great comfort from this when we find ourselves waiting for something to be birthed—a new job opportunity, a house sale, a release from debt, a prodigal child to return to his faith, a marriage to be healed, a friendship to be restored. Beth Moore, Bible teacher, says it well: God is the God of time and timing!

God the Father had a perfect plan in mind and He used His perfect son, Jesus, to deliver it.

On time.

Not a day too soon.

Not a year too late.

Likewise, at the appointed time, Jesus will return to unite all things in Him, in heaven and on the earth. (Ephesians 1:7-10).

So, the next time you find yourself worrying about the timing of something you’ve been praying about, maybe even worrying that the Lord has missed His opportunity to act, just remind yourself of this:

Jesus has ALWAYS been on time throughout history and because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, He will continue to be ON TIME EVERY TIME in your life.

Let’s Pray

Lord, you created time, so I believe you are also the Master of it. Help me to remember that just as Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts, so Your timing is better than my timing.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn:

Can you recall the time in your life when you were pregnant with longing to be loved, to be forgiven, or to be restored? Was there a time when the Holy Spirit revealed Jesus to you and your new life in Christ was born?

If so, savor the memory of when your fullness of time to receive Jesus Christ as Lord came to pass. Spend a moment re-living your new birth experience and then ask God if there is someone He wants you to share your story with this Christmas season.

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7 Responses to “The Fullness of Time”

  1. Bonnie Miller says:

    Just wow you hit the ball out of the park on this one!! I am 5’1 had a boy and girl. Been trying to be patient lately in all this nonsense we’ve been living in. My husband just got a job after 8 months not working. The last two years of our lives has been totally turned upside down! We received custody of our grand daughter due to her father shooting her mother. (My husband’s daughter from an ex) And tried kidnapping her. I was born raised country so it’s really done a number on me but my husband more. I pray every day and I am not a patient person LOL 😂
    But I kept telling myself ALL IN GODS TIMING!! So I thank you. For some reason I feel I know you. 💕🙏🥰
    Thank you
    God Bless
    Bonnie Miller

    • Lisa Morrone says:

      Oh, Bonnie–first, congratulations on your husband’s new job. So thankful the Lord has provided this for your family. My heart grieves with yours as you embark on this new road of raising your granddaughter. I can’t think of a better place for her to heal and to flourish than under the care of a dedicated Christ-follower. May you ask for and receive His strength and wisdom for each of your days. May the Lord teach you what your husband needs as he, too, walks this road of loss.

  2. Sharida says:

    Much needed read this morning. He is an on time God. I am on his time and not mine, for his timing is perfect.

  3. Penney says:

    Lisa, first thank you so much for your honesty. I had a 8lb 9oz 24″ baby so I feel your pain. I needed this message right now. I have a son who has walked away from God and decided that Covid is not real and got on a plane in May and flew to California without knowing a soul there. I have no clue how he is surviving or if he is surviving but I am truly believing that God is in complete control. I have no control over this situation, so I can’t worry about it. I can only trust the One Who can do anything about it. I am to cast my cares so that is what I have done. I do know that my timing and Gods timing are totally 2 different things but it all comes together in His time which is the right time. He never fails us. If I never see my son again, I will still trust that God has him.
    Thank you so much for your message which is on time, Penney

    • Lisa Morrone says:

      Sweet Penney, I feel your broken heart. I, too, have an adult son who has left his faith and moved out West.
      “Lord Jesus, I pray for Penney’s son–that his heart would long for home, for his momma, and for his Savior. Make this Christmas season so void that he is compelled to call home! In your powerful Name, I pray, Amen.”

  4. Linda says:

    Thank you dear Lisa for this practical devotional. I have always struggled with my timing vs God’s timing and purpose. I have two grown sons, one dedicated to the Lord with a great family, the other a struggling artist prodigal in a dark world…Brandon. I feel God handed me knee pads 36 yrs ago as He knew I would need to be in prayer for his difficult life filled with bad decisions, depression and much pain. In March of this year I was diagnosed with cancer. Talk about waiting on the Lord,. Every day is now a blessing. It’s not been easy to see many changes happening to my 67 yr body. God is faithful throughout ALL of this and He has even worked miracles on my son’s heart. I will never stop praying for him and I have found a new hope and thankfulness in what God has allowed me to go through.

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