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Galatians 4:1-3
Tuesday, November 13 2012

In God's Time...

God waits to bring faith into our lives until the time is right:

I mean that as long as the heir is not of age, he is no different from a slave, although he is the owner of everything, but he is under the supervision of guardians and administrators until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were not of age, were enslaved to the elemental powers of the world. -Galatians 4:1-3, NAB

St. Paul tells us the Jews were the heir to the Kingdom of God, but they had not come of age yet.  In other words, they were not mature enough as a society for Jesus to come.  God decided to wait until they were ready; He waited for the perfect moment.

Until they were ready, the Jews had to live under the rules set by the Father.  Like a child, they needed guidance to grow into a mature society.  Eventually, in God's time, they would be ready, but until then, they had to live under the Law.  St. Paul then tells us that non-Jews lived similarly - but under the laws of man and of this world.

We experience how things happen in God's time in our own lives and the lives of the people around us.  We do not all come to knowledge of the faith at the same time.  Some will be blessed and find faith at an early age.  Others may not be ready until they are much older.  Whatever our age may be, God waits until the perfect time to be made known to us.

Our lives are like the fruit of the tree.  Picked too early, fruit will often be bitter or sour tasting.  Picked too late, the fruit will begin to rot right on the tree.  It must be taken from its branches at just the right moment.  Similarly, God's time is always the right time; He waits until our lives are perfectly ripe to pluck us from the tree.

For a time, all will live according to the laws of this world, but when the time is right, God will open our hearts to Him.  He knows exactly when to do this because God's time is always the right time.

 

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