“Soft Time” (Galatians 4:4)

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After studying the behavior of thousands of cell-phone users, James Katz, a professor of communication of Rutgers University, has concluded that the cell phone has changed the nature of the way we think of time. Researchers now speak of the US as living in “soft time.” This term has been coined to describe the thinking of a cell-phone user who calls at 8:20 to say he will be late for the 8:30 meeting, arrives at 8:45, and considers himself on time because he called ahead.

Unlike us, God is always on time. While we may struggle to understand why He doesn’t act in world events or in our personal lives as speedily as we think He should, the Bible proclaims the punctuality of the Almighty according to His plan. Galatians 4:4-5 says, “When the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” And Romans 5:6, “When we were still without strength, in due time [at just the right time] Christ died for the ungodly.

We can trust this same wise and loving God, who has never been late in His eternal plan, to be right on time in every detail of our lives. – David McCasland

God’s thoughts are above human knowledge –

He moves in mysterious ways

To work out eternity’s purpose

Through time’s short procession of days. – Stiefel

God’s timing is always right.

  • February 7, Vol. 12A, Our Daily Bread
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