I have always been fascinated by the revelation that God has a plan. This quote from Galatians 4:4, “When the time had fully come”, tells us that the timing of Jesus’ birth was planned. Even today in the midst of our daily life, God’s plan is unfolding.
I have been reading the Christmas story in the first two chapters of Luke’s Gospel. The story of Elizabeth and Zechariah in chapter 1 has captured my attention. As you may recall, they were the parents of John the Baptist. The couple is introduced in verses 4-7. Zechariah is a priest, and he and his wife Elizabeth are upright in the sight of God, yet they have been unable to have children. They were both well along in years.
This couple apparently spent their time going about the daily processes of life. In their daily life, they were faithful and trusted in God. I’m sure they had prayed for a child, but they did not abandon God for his seeming failure to answer their prayers.
One day, “at the appointed time”, when Zechariah was ministering before the altar, an angel of the Lord appeared to him. The angel said, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John…..” How many times have you prayed for something and thought that your prayer wasn’t heard? Maybe, it just wasn’t the right time.
God has a plan that he is working out through history. We only have a broad very general insight into his plan. Each of God’s children has a part in his plan, but we usually aren’t sure how we fit in to his plan. That is where trust and patience come into play. Don’t lose heart; stay faithful. God has a plan, you have a part in his plan, and in faith we know, God will execute the details of his plan when the time has fully come.