“You ever think about why you do certain things at certain times?” Stan asked me one morning while we waited for Ricky to bring our breakfast.
“Well,” I replied, “I’m not certain I think about it that much, but I do know there are certain things I do at certain times.”
“Like what?” Stan asked.
“Simple things like eating, sleeping, getting up and getting ready to meet with you, going to work, all sorts of things. Why do you ask?”
“Earlier this morning,” Stan replied, “I was reading in the apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Rome about probably the most important thing that was ever done at the right time.”
“Something really important that was done at the right time,” I repeated. “What’s that?”
“That Christ died for the ungodly at the right time.”
“Oh,” I replied. “Jesus went to the cross at the right time. You have any idea how it was it decided that it was the right time for that?”
“I’m not sure about that,” Stan said, “but I do know that the right time was when God the Father said it was the right time to send His Son into the world. That was the right time for Jesus to die so that all who believe can have life eternally with God. Later there came a right time for me to respond to God’s right time.”
“And when was that?”
“When God decided it was time to draw me to Him,” Stan replied. “In response to His drawing, I chose to draw near to Him, and, in turn, He responded. And on and on it goes into an ever-deepening personal relationship.”
“Sounds kind of like the right timing may be important!” I said.
“You, my friend,” Stan replied, “are a master of the understatement!”
“To me,” he continued, “it’s not just ‘kind of like’ and ‘may be important’; the right timing is crucial. Jesus died at the right time, God drew me to Him at the right time, I responded at the right time, and the main question that remains is the timing of my continuing response to God’s right time.”
“And what’s the answer to that?” I asked.
“Now,” Stan replied. “The answer to that is always ‘now’! Not later, not tomorrow, not next week, not any other time except now. That’s the right time!”
Bible verses to consider:
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8.
But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for sending your only begotten Son into the world at the right time. Thank you that He went to the cross at the right time. Thank you for drawing me to you at the right time so I could accept all of your provision for life with you on both sides of eternity. I confess that too often I do not choose to draw closer to you at any time, not just at the right time (which is always!). Please forgive that foolishness, and please help me in following every step of your lead into the deepest possible relationship with you for as long as you keep me on this side of eternity, knowing that when it is time for me to step into your eternal presence, it will be the right time. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Think on this: Have you acted at the right time to accept God’s free and gracious provision of life with Him in eternity when your time here is completed? If no, why? If you are a Christian, have you ever told God that you would obey Him “later” — that right then was just not the right time? If so, what was that all about? If you sense the need to be more attentive to the “right time” to obey God, how is that going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?