Monday, August 4, 2014

Timing Is Everything

Encouragement for your daily walk with God
Timing is everything. Our varsity baseball coach used to tell us that all the time. “It's not how hard you swing, it's timing,” he'd say. I think he got that from Yogi Berra, who said, “You don't have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it'll go.”
I took his advice to heart and worked hard at timing pitches for maximum impact. Then I found out that timing was also the object of pitchers. In his biography, Warren Spahn, the great Hall of Fame pitcher for the Milwaukee Braves said, “Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.” So much for my strategy!
Timing is important to God as well. He waited for the perfect moment to send His Son, Jesus, into the world. When Adam and Eve sinned, God promised a Savior. Scholars point to Genesis 3:15 to substantiate that. That promise was not filled instantaneously. Rather, God waited thousands of years for the right time. In the meantime, He guided history until that perfect moment came —then He sent us Jesus.
Make no mistake about it, dear Christ follower; God is guiding your life just as carefully. There are no accidents or coincidences with Him. He brings people and things into our lives at the right time to keep us on the straight and narrow. I think it is not an accident or coincidence that I wrote this eDevotion today. For some, it is the perfect moment for God to remind you of His watchful care.

God's timing to send His Son, Jesus, was perfect. You can trust His timing in your life too! 

But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law. Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. Galatians 4:4-5 [from The MESSAGE Paraphrase]

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