God Knows Just the Right Time

But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.
Galatians 4:4-5

In our lives, so many plans are prefaced with conditions: when things get back to normal; now’s not a good time; if I get a raise; we are so busy; I don’t feel right about it… it’s a wonder anything ever happens at all! Depending on our circumstances, making any number of decisions can be agonizing. How can we know when it is best to act and when to wait? When will we know the right time?

Was the timing right for Abraham to obey and leave Ur or for Moses to head to back to Egypt? How about a carpenter named Joseph going through with a marriage to his young bride? Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us, He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

In hindsight, these heroes of the faith made their choices at just the right time to fulfill a part of God’s plan. But at the time, unlike the writer of Ecclesiastes, “beautiful” may not have been their adjective of choice to describe their circumstances. Lacking any concrete evidence for the outcomes of their actions, they moved forward armed only with trust. In each case, their reward far outweighed any and all of their fears about the future!

Consider how salvation for all humanity was set into motion with the arrival of Christ at the right time. Jesus was born as a Jew under God’s law and yet was the only man who lived the law flawlessly. The Messiah’s sacrifice as the only perfect man was timed perfectly to redeem us as sinners under the law. Not only were we freed, we were adopted as heirs, sharing in Christ’s rich inheritance of all of God’s promises, provisions, and power.

With the weight of eternity in our hearts, having the faith to obey God can be a struggle. Trying to know which decision best follows His will can leave us paralyzed and indecisive. At these times, we easily forget God’s completely perfect record of faithfulness and love for us. Regardless of our circumstances, and our inability to see beyond them, we can always trust that God will always act at the right time!

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Jody Sneed

Married for 28 years and with two grown sons, Jody is a small group leader and teacher in his church's youth and support group ministries. A grant writer and consultant to nonprofits, he recently became a presenter for the Real World Parents seminars.

9 thoughts on “God Knows Just the Right Time”

  1. My first post here. You are so right. We can get bogged down with all the details of trying to figure out the will of God that we don’t do anything. To be able to rest in the wonderful sovereignty of God, knowing that He is able to accomplish His will even through people who can feel so blinded to that will at times is comforting indeed.
    In my life I can look back in hindsight and see how the will of God has been worked out. It includes 30 years of ministry, including moving to England for 11 years as a missionary. All was done through God opening the right doors at the right time and also keeping the wrong doors shut that I constantly wanted to run through. He is good!
    Thank you for the wonderful reminder.

  2. So true…we just need to be obedient to what God says and do our part and take that first step when He says step! Soon we’ll find ourselves not only walking but running…

    God bless you – cheers, Brenda

    1. Brenda,
      I like the “not only walking but running” idea! Just need to keep my sneakers laced up and ready.


  3. For me the timing of your message as well as Bill and Brenda’s comments could not have come at a better time. Thank you.

  4. Wow, did that hit home today. I am many times so afraid to make the wrong decision that I go back and forth and do not trust my faith in God. I needed to hear that today. Thanks

  5. This is indeed refreshing ! Some times I do find myself struggling to be still especially when I have to wait for an answer and God chooses to be silent maybe just for a while . I do remember that He will never leave me nor forsake me & He is faithful but reading this once again just makes me feel so loved and cared for ! Our God is loving, caring, faithful, mighty ……………i could go on. He is truly Sovereign!

  6. Thank you all for your comments. Wow is not God so good, HE loves us all and HIS timing remains the best (Isaiah 55vs8-11) but atimes we all struggle to recorgnised HIS hand in our lives. This message came at the perfect time for me as I have being waiting upon God for some issues, just reminded me that he is there and in control.

    Thank you for the message and comments.

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