The Right Time
The town behind me is Nazareth, Israel. It is built on a hillside, and one of its cliffs is the scene of an interesting account from the Scriptures. You see, buildings change and even culture changes, but when the Word of God highlights the topography of a place, you and I can set our eyes upon that place! Look closely at the hills of Nazareth within the photo and imagine this scene:
Jesus explained how the unbelief of the Jews throughout the centuries has caused God’s servants to go and perform miracles among other people groups. Elijah miraculously saw provision of food come to a Sidonite woman; Elisha miraculously saw God heal a Syrian man. He insinuated that the Jews in Nazareth would fail to see the wonder- working power of God because they could not accept that their hometown boy was truly the Son of God who was to come. “All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove Him out of the town, and took Him to the brow of the hill in which the town was built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. But He walked right through the crowd and went on His way” (Luke 4:28-30).
Can you imagine Jesus escaping a crowd of angry Jews? How does One not become overpowered by many? Similar occurrences recorded in the gospels add the following explanation:
“… because His time had not yet come” (John 7:30).
We know that Jesus had an appointed time to die, and the hands of man would help to accomplish His death; however, the truth remains that Jesus came to lay down His life for the sins of man. His life was not going to be taken from Him.
“No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from My Father” (John 10:18).
I believe that we who are co-heirs with Christ gain precious insight to the expectation that we can have for our own earthly lifespans. “All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16). You have a life defined by destiny- a God-appointed destiny, should you surrender your control. The Father leads you victoriously from one season into another, meticulously guarding your steps as you walk according to His leading. Though the enemy sets traps for you, you can know that God Almighty, who is with you, will deliver you faithfully from the evil one!
If necessary, continue to remind yourself that you are not an object of fate, but a child of the King, and your destiny is a glorious one! You will enter and exit each season knowing that God who is Creator of all, is the author or your life and His all-surpassing power will protect you and deliver you into His eternal kingdom at the right time!
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord… He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else… He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live” (Acts 17:24-26).