How often do we find ourselves impatiently in a hurry? Jesus understood the Father’s perfect timing.
One Word –
Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. – John 7:6
Daily Bible Reading: Genesis 48, 49, 50; John 7
Big Idea –
I’m reminded of Solomon’s wisdom, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecc. 3:1). Too often we are like Jesus’ brothers; we live for the moment making anytime the right time. But not Jesus. He was aware of the Father’s time and everything was done according to the God’s timetable – not a moment too soon and never late.
Jesus’ statement that His time has not yet come, I think carries a dual meaning, specifically in light of the LORD’S appointed times. First, John points out that Jesus went about the Galilee, but would not go into Judea because the Jews were looking for a way to kill him (Jn. 7:1). The Feast of Tabernacles was not the appointed time for Christ’s death. The time for Jesus to lay down His life as the lamb of God would come in about six months at Passover. Jesus perfectly fulfilled the spring feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits with His death, burial and resurrection.
Yet Jesus is also speaking prophetically about the Feast of Tabernacles as the culmination of our salvation to dwell or tabernacle forever with Jesus was and still is to come. We are looking forward to Jesus’ perfect fulfillment of the fall feasts of Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles with the Second Coming, final judgement and establishment of His eternal kingdom.
Jesus’ brother’s did not understand why it was not His time. All too often many of us are likewise unaware of the LORD’s timing in our lives.
Each day I need to try to have a greater awareness of the LORD timing in my life and not be in a hurry to make things happen when I want. And in turn I also need to allow the Holy Spirit to continue to teach me to be prepared for Christ’s second coming at the LORD’s appointed time.
Yes to Yield –
LORD Jesus, thank you for showing me the example of living according to the Father’s perfect timetable. Holy Spirit help me to not be impatient but to wait upon God’s perfect time in my life. LORD I also thank you for awakening me to the awareness of Your appointed times: Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles, and the Eighth Day. Holy Spirit continue to teach me how to celebrate these seasons in a way that honors You as my LORD and helps me to be prepared for the culmination of our Salvation at Christ’s coming again perfectly fulfilling Your appointed times.