Tuesday, June 19, 2007

perfect timing

For many of us, June 16th was a long awaited day as we saw Shelley Steeves marry Don Marston. As you can see below, Shelley was a beautiful bride! I was thinking of how many years I have prayed for Shelley, asking the Lord to bring a godly man into her life that she would marry. Sitting under that tent in Shell's backyard, watching her walk down the aisle towards her groom was a display of God's faithfulness in answering so many prayers.


Romans 5:6-8 says, "For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person - though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die - but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

Christ died for us weak, ungodly, sinful people at the right time. His timing was perfect for our greatest need: payment for our sin. This should increase our trust in Him as we prayerfully wait for marriage, children, a different job, a place to live, whatever. It should encourage us and build our faith as we remind ourselves that "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:32) I don't know what the "all things" will be in my life. Chances are they are not the exact things I want or think I need, but He is good and sovereign and I'd be crazy not to wait for His "all things" than settle for mine!

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