The Fullness of Time
I have several friends that have been waiting this spring; waiting for an “expected one.” They know the baby is coming. The arrival is growing closer with each passing day. (One friend was waiting several days in the hospital for her triplets to arrive!) An expectant mother waits for the “fullness of time;” the completed maturation of the little one she carries. Although nine months seems a long time when the babe grows heavy in the womb, it is really a short season, just enough time to prepare the basics.
God’s people waited. They grew weary in their waiting, but their “expected One” would come in God’s perfect timing.
Four thousand long years of darkness, while humanity waited, held in bondage under the weight of the fall, subjected to the tyranny of the evil one’s reign, all of creation was waiting. Waiting for the Redeemer, the Savior, the Deliverer to appear. God had not forgotten His covenant. He had not forsaken His own. God waited as well.
He waited as time ripened, matured, and in the fullness of time, on the night appointed, the Son entered our world as a babe.
Some may have given up hope, turned their hearts away with impatience, others grew cold and cynical—convinced the Promised One must’ve only been a child’s hope, only a fleeting dream, the wait had grown so long.
But they were wrong. He knew He would come. He waited for the perfect time to come.
And in the fullness of time, eternal God invaded time.
At the height of the Roman Empire the King of Kings quietly arrived without public fanfare or celebration. He came when all was set. At no other time in history were all conditions in place. Rome’s unparalleled network of roads, dominance in cultural progress, establishment of Greek as a common language, and a government sympathetic to the Jewish religious leaders, all contributed to the time’s fullness for the God-Man. Most importantly, this was the time when Rome had perfected their common form of capital punishment: the cross.
Our Lord chose to step into time at a point in history when He would endure the most painful form of execution known to man.
Jesus answered and said, ‘This voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes. Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.
And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.’ But He was saying this to indicate the kind of death by which He was to die. (John 12:27-33).
You may have been long waiting for God to answer a prayer, to work, to bring deliverance. Although you may feel He’s no longer listening or has forgotten, be assured . . .
He is never late.
He is always at work.
Trust Him to appear in His perfect timing.
He never forsakes His own.read more
Welcome! I’m glad you’re spending a few moments with me here. It is astounding to think that in this small corner of the blogger world, women from across the globe can experience the adventure of growing together in Christ. I never planned to grow up and be a blogger but writing blogs allows me to disciple more women than I would ever have opportunity to actually meet.
My reason for writing is that I have to. This driving impulse to communicate God’s reality and goodness to others is like a burning fire. Because of who He is, the desire for others to know and love Him consumes me. He is my passion and I don’t want to waste a single day, but cram each moment full of living all out for His glory. I long for the day when all will know that He alone is God.
Kimberly Wagner is married to her favorite pastor, LeRoy Wagner. Their children include Caleb and his wife Lindsey; Rachel and her husband Adam, and their daughter Teagan.
Kim’s passion is Christ, and she desires to ignite women’s pursuit of God’s glory. She is a frequent guest on the Revive Our Hearts radio program, as well as a regular contributor to the True Woman blog and the Beyond BathTime blog. Kim has written several devotionals and resource materials for women and loves encouraging women to become students of the Word.
A dream was realized when I attended the first True Woman Conference in 2008. I’ll never forget looking around at thousands of women, freely worshipping God together, embracing their calling as women, and thinking, He’s doing it, He is birthing this movement!
In the late 1990s my friend, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, gave me two books that made a significant impact on my life. True Woman by Susan Hunt and The Feminist Gospel (later revised and entitled The Feminist Mistake) by Mary Kassian. My eyes were opened to how the feminist philosophy has permeated our culture and what a loss we’ve experienced as a result.Read more