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.: – Ecclesiastes 3:11
I woke up yesterday morning with a phrase ringing in my spirit. It was the title of today’s post, “In the fullness of time”. That phrase is very simple but profound. It is pregnant with meaning. As I meditated on it, so much came to mind and I just thought to share some of it.
When a farmer sows a seed in the soil, he doesn’t expect it to germinate immediately. That would be absurd right? After providing all the right conditions for that seed to germinate, the farmer goes away confident that in the fullness of time, the seed would germinate and give rise to a shoot.
A couple do not expect to have a baby immediately after sexual intercourse. There is a process that follows and if all the natural laws are met, in the fullness of time, which is approximately 9 months later, a baby is born.
A chef does not expect to put a kettle of cold water on the gas or electric stove and have it boiled instantly. The laws of physics demand that a series of things happens with heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation. The water molecules are agitated and energy rises within the kettle. In the fullness of time, the water begins to boil and some of it is turned into steam in the process.
The prophet Habakkuk understood that this concept of time reaching its fullness also applies to spiritual matters just as it does in the natural matters described above. In his book, he wrote:
For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
I believe that every promise God has for your life is awaiting its appointed time. The prophet encourages you to wait for it because it will certainly come and will not delay. Although God dwells outside of time, He still relates to us through it because our minds cannot yet fully grasp the concept of eternity.
As I reflected on all of this, I began remembering stories in the scriptures in which the fullness of time played a major role.
Sarah promised a child in the fullness of time: Genesis 18:14 - Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.”
Hannah given a son after several years of barrenness: 1 Samuel 1:19-20 - Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. 20 So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel,[b] saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.”
God sends His Son to save the world: Galatians 4:4-5 -
4 But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to [the regulations of] the Law,
5 To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to [a]atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God’s sons].
I could go on and on but I will stop there. From the above examples, we can see that God does not do things haphazardly. He is a very ordered God who works with set times and seasons. Many of us know this and yet we get upset with God when He denies us answers to certain prayers simply because we are not in sync with His timing. I can look back on my life and confess that if God had answered certain prayers of mine when I wanted Him to rather than when He actually did, those answered prayers would probably have turned out to be problems for me rather than blessings.
When God says “not yet”, rather than fret and moan about it, we ought to pause and think about the concept of time reaching its fullness with regards to that particular prayer. He sees the end from the beginning and knows what we need and when we need those prayers answered. He is not subject to our diaries and timetables. I often hear people praying things like: “Lord, by the end of this month, grant me this and this”. God is our sovereign King. He is not to be ordered about like a heavenly vending machine. We subject our will to His and wait for His move.
In the fullness of time, provided we are positioned in faith to receive from Him, His word concerning you can never return to Him void.
You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come. – Psalm 102:13. When your time is full, have no doubt that God is able to do what He promised. Delay is not denial.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 – A Time and Season (lion2lamb.wordpress.com)