But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
Galatians 4:4-5 NKJV
Other versions say “when the right time came…” Or “when the set time had come…”,
indicating that there is a right time and a wrong time.
My mind immediately goes back to Genesis 16:1-18:15, 21:9-18. God promised Abraham, a son. But they were old-it was taking too long. Therefore they took matters into their own hands to fulfill the promise-you know “help God out.” The consequence of this caused great contention, resentment and anguish of heart for all involved. Hagar gave birth to Ishmael–he was born in the flesh. He was not the promise.
For Ishmael he was sent away–rejected, from his father. Ishmael had no understanding of why, but confusion. And really, no fault of his own, the only fault-he was born to Abraham and his wife’s maid servant. To this day the effects are still seen. War continues between Israel and the Ishmael descendants.
Hagar was a servant girl, whose only purpose was to serve Sarah and live a life of slavery. With the birth of a son, by her master’s husband, suddenly she felt like she was someone very special. She bore him a son in which her master, Sarah, could not. She began to stand up straight, lift her head see her future brightly now for the first time. To the end she started to look down on Sarah, scoffing her.
Sarah thought she was making a noble sacrifice to “help God” fulfill a promise, but backfired. This brought pain and more emptiness to herself. She watched her husband dotting over his son, affectionately, interacting with his mother, laughing over his first steps, first words of his firstborn. Oh, the anguish of heart she must if felt when Hagar, her maidservant, would snub her nose at Sarah.
Abraham finally after all these years has a son of his old age and his namesake. In these days as even now a man to “have a son” is a big deal a very proud father exhilarating adoration. For a short season-soon to be stripped away. Abraham is torn between losing his only son or the loss of his wife Sarah, his love from his youth. What a horrible choice he was now to make.
All results from the unwillingness to wait for the promise of God, examples we need to pay close attention to. I need to give close attention to. As the effects of trying to “help God” and rush into a promise we are not ready for, in our flesh, can be devastating.
Oh yes God has a purpose and plan for each of us, not of evil but of good, a destiny of promise. But there is a set time, a fullness of time which only God can determine. A process we must all go through in preparation. This process looks different for us all as we all have a different purpose.
Nevertheless, one common thread we all must do during the process, during the wait–is to trust God. Not jump the gun. How you may ask? Spend time with Him in prayer and study. Draw close to Him, and He will draw close to you. In this “active waiting” He will guide you, show you things to come, strengthen you and prepare you. Determine to wait on Him and trust Him, His way and His outcome will AWAYS be best.