God Sent His Son
Galatians 4:4-7 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
This is the last day of 2010 and these verses are very apropos to the occasion because many people view the end of one year and the beginning of another to try and change their lives for the better. People make all sorts of 'resolutions' but by and large people see something wrong in their life or perhaps some place where they are falling short and quite naturally, they want to better themselves. Sometimes this process does not go as intended.
Paul previously has chastised the Galatians for trying to better themselves because the result of what they achieved fell far short of what they already had. It seems that we all can learn from this and these verse explain how if we listen to them with God's ears.
What is interesting about these verses that Paul has written here is that they are totally what we need to hear when we start making all these resolutions for improvement. "...when the set time had fully come..." How many times do we want to rush things? I remember seeing a calendar one time. You know the kind. It was one with animals on it in funny poses and there was a funny caption to each one. One of the months show an baby orangutan who was look upward and shaking his fist. It was a funny pose. The caption said, "Lord, I want patience and I wand it NOW!" Funny right? But isn't this what we do sometimes too? We see a fault in ourselves and we look to God shaking our fist and say, "Lord I want (fill_in_the_blank) and I want it NOW!".
When God the Father sent Jesus to earth to fullish His ministry, it was exactly the right time. Not too soon and not too late. It was perfect. The results speak for themselves. Jesus died on the cross and thus fulfilled prophecy and presented himself a spotless substitute for our own deaths and sins. We have salvation full and free. Paul said because of this, "...you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. "
What I am trying to say is that sometimes we have to wait until God himself helps us with our goals and aspirations. No matter what we do or want, if it isn't in God's timing, it will not be right. So this year, if you happen to make those lists (I do not), but if you do, why not bring the Lord into it and pray about it first. After all, God has pretty good timing, doesn't He? And he wants the best for us, right? So why not let go and let God? I think your results will be spectacular! Try it and see. What have you to lose?
Blessings ALL! and have a Happy and Blessed New Year!