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Monday, October 19, 2009

Fullness of Time, The

by: Dorothy Valcàrcel

Has there been a time in your life when you felt so empty you thought God had forgotten you existed? You wondered if He forgot where you lived. And if God were waiting in the shadows of your life you wished He would come out into the light so you could see Him. You just wanted to know He remembered you and your pain…your ache…your empty heart.

"But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son to redeem us.
Galatians 4:4-5"
In chapter 5 of the book of Mark in the New Testament, a story is told about a wealthy ruler of the synagogue named Jairus. He came to Jesus because his precious little daughter, Tabitha, was ill and he hoped the touch of Jesus would heal his child. As we follow the story, a multitude surrounded Jesus including a woman who had been sick for twelve years. This throng stopped Jesus. They delayed Him. He didn't get to Jairus' home as fast as He could have, and finally when the crowd began to move, someone from Jairus' house came and said, "Don't bother Jesus anymore. It's no use. Your daughter has died. Jesus waited too long to get to your home."

Now it's Jesus' turn to speak and He said, "Be not afraid, only believe" (Mark 5: 36, K.J.V.).

I want to ask one critical question. Did Jesus' delay in getting to Jairus' home change the end result of what happened? At first glance it might be easy to say, "Yes," for the daughter died and perhaps if Jesus had gotten there sooner He could have healed the girl and she wouldn't have died.

However, my answer to the question is, "No." Jesus' delay did not change the result for Jairus' daughter - for she was not only healed, she was raised from the dead. In this case, from Jairus' own words we know all he was hoping for was that his daughter would get well. I doubt he ever imagined that if she died, Jesus could and would raise her from the dead. In the end, what he had hoped for and what Jesus did for him was exceedingly, abundantly above all Jairus asked for or could even think would happen.

Please note - Jesus' lingering along the way to heal another person, as well as Jesus' delay in getting to the home of Jairus, didn't decrease the miracle in Jairus' home - it increased it!!

Waiting didn't mean Jesus was less interested. Delay didn't mean Jesus didn't care. Lingering didn't mean He was too busy with someone else's problems. Waiting was part of Jesus' plan to bring complete joy…complete happiness...and complete fullness to Jairus' home.
"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31"


In Isaiah 40: 31 there is one of my favorite promises in all of Scripture. This verse provides great encouragement to all of us who wait in our lives for "God's fullness of time," for that right moment, when God will fill us to overflowing for His glory.

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Dorothy Valcàrcel is a devotional writer of Transformation Garden, and the author of the book, 'When A Woman Meets Jesus.'

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