Jesus’ time on earth was well-planned. He knew his purpose, he knew his ministry and he knew exactly when it all needed to be accomplished. He had a tight schedule and kept it. Had he gone ahead of his timetable, the prophecies about him would not have been true. If the prophecies were not true, he could never have been the Messiah. No matter what anyone told him, Jesus would not be swayed from his time.
So what about us? What does our timetable look like?
Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.”
John 7:6 (ESV)
The Amplified Bible (Classic Edition) says it this way:
Whereupon Jesus said to them, My time (opportunity) has not come yet; but any time is suitable for you and your opportunity is ready any time [is always here].
While Jesus, in order to be the fulfillment of prophecy that he needed to be, had a time for every action, he gave his disciples the green light. The go ahead to pursue the ministry he’d been training them for.
What are you waiting for? Your time is always here. Your time is now!
I am reminded of an old Steven Curtis Chapman song I used to sing to my nephew all the time. He’d walk around the house singing, “let us pray, let us pray”. The song goes on:
Let us pray, let us pray
Everywhere in every way
Every moment of the day
It is the right time
If you’ve been waiting for your moment, stop waiting.
This. Is. Your. Moment.
Daily Bible reading: 2 Kings 23-25; John 7:1-31