Ev­ery­thing in its time

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ever had.

All of the ex­cite­ment was gone, all of the won­der melted away like frost in the face of the ris­ing sun. She spent the rest of the Christ­mas sea­son re­gret­ting ev­ery minute of what she had done. And, while her sib­lings got to ex­pe­ri­ence ac­tual joy with each and ev­ery gift they opened on Christ­mas morn­ing, Dana had to pre­tend to be sur­prised, she had to pre­tend to be ex­cited, she had to pre­tend to be joy­ful.

Un­der­stand, the gifts were nice, and they had not changed one bit. The rea­son they did not bring her any joy when they nor­mally would have is that she jumped ahead of things and dab­bled in them be­fore she was sup­posed to.

Ec­cle­si­astes 3:1 says, “To ev­ery thing there is a sea­son, and a time to ev­ery pur­pose un­der the heaven.”

In ev­ery good gift that God has for us, there are two very im­por­tant as­pects to our en­joy­ment or lack thereof: the gift, and the tim­ing. Since we are talk­ing about gifts from His hand, we know that the gifts will al­ways be good. There­fore, the pri­mary way we have of mess­ing things up is in the tim­ing.

We im­pa­tient hu­mans are very prone to run­ning ahead of the right tim­ing on what should be very good things.

God gave hu­man­ity the gift of sex­u­al­ity. He also gave us con­crete tim­ing of when we are al­lowed to en­joy it. He­brews 13:4 says, “Mar­riage is hon­or­able in all, and the bed un­de­filed: but whore­mon­gers and adul­ter­ers God will judge.” Mar­riage is to come be­fore sex, that is the proper tim­ing.

God gives us the gift of chil­dren. He also gives us un­mis­tak­able guid­ance as to when we should be hav­ing them. Since mar­riage is to come be­fore sex, then mar­riage is also ob­vi­ously sup­posed to come be­fore chil­dren. This ben­e­fits the chil­dren most of all, giv­ing them needed sta­bil­ity, sta­bil­ity that they de­serve in the home.

God of­ten gives us the good gift of be­ing able to buy nice things. He also gave us good in­struc­tion as to the when. Proverbs 24:27 says, “Pre­pare thy work with­out, and make it fit for thy­self in the field; and af­ter­wards build thine house.” In other words, when we are gain­fully em­ployed and a pur­chase fits within the con­fines of our bud­get, we may con­sider buy­ing it. But to lean on debt for pur­chases, es­pe­cially debt for which we re­ally do not have the means to pay, is a hor­ri­ble idea. Proverbs 22:7 says, “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the bor­rower is ser­vant to the lender.”

We could go on in this vein for­ever. For ev­ery good thing, tim­ing is es­sen­tial to make it all it can pos­si­bly be. This is not be­cause God is mean; on the con­trary it is be­cause he loves us. No gift is ever more en­joy­able that the one we wait for just the right mo­ment to open.

You will never have a hard time con­vinc­ing my bride of that fact.

Bo Wag­ner is pas­tor of Cor­ner­stone Bap­tist Church in Moores­boro, N.C. He is a widely trav­eled evan­ge­list and the au­thor of sev­eral books. He can be reached by email at [email protected]

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