Moving Right within His Plan: 2:2
“This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.” This is all about timing. The mention of Quirinius by Luke was to specify the exact time in history by using a historical reference. God’s timing is never off and never wrong. It is not late nor is it early. I love what Paul writes in Galatians about the coming of Christ. “In the fullness of time, God sent His Son...”
God’s timing is perfect. God’s timing is impeccable. Sometime man’s time is off, but God’s timing is perfect.
Some years ago the Associated Press ran a story about a lady named Cathy Mullikin in Jackson, Tennessee. It seemed that her bird was cooked, and her calendar was toast.
Mullikin had her Thanksgiving turkey dinner already cooked on Thursday, November 21 of that year, “and my friends and family are coming on the 28th and they’re going to think I’m a kook,” she said.
She should never have believed that free calendar. Jackson-Madison County General Hospital gave out 40,000 of them last year and every last one said Thanksgiving was on the 21st instead of the 28th.
THANKFULLY...GOD’S CALENDAR IS NEVER WRONG.
Do you fret over something that has not worked out or shown a clear solution? What may appear to be askew, God is working with perfect precision. Continue to seek the Lord, fellowship with Him, and follow Him. His timing CANNOT be wrong.
Moving Radically among His People: 2:3
“So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.” These words remind us of the vast scope of God’s movement among His people Israel. This act by Caesar was fully ordained of God. This act also caused ALL of God’s people to be put into motion. Everyone of the people under the Roman rule would be registered for the census. This census would determine taxation for the Roman government. Oftentimes, God will move us in ways we could not have anticipated even months earlier.
I am currently finishing up a book by Dr. Tony Evans titled Oneness Embraced: Reconciliation, the Kingdom, and How We Are Stronger Together. Part of this book is the personal story of Tony Evans, and how God put him in a place to be influenced by both the traditionally white and black evangelical churches. His experiences there have helped him to bridge the gap in ministry, and impact a nation in ministry, in a way that very few have.
One of his stories is how his father would not go to church, but one time he visited with Dr. Evans’ mother. While there, several men witnessed to his father and he was born again. This changed their family. God moved radically.
Another story was how Dr. Evans, as an 18 year old kid, was invited to Ghana for a month long crusade. While in Ghana assisting in ministry, he met a lovely young lady named Lois. That young lady would become his wife Lois. They would be married almost 50 years before she died last year. Their ministry together, as well as the ministry of their children, has impacted the world. God moved radically.
God does not need you or your family in a particular place. All He needs is for you to walk in His will. GOD DOESN’T NEED YOU ANY PARTICULAR PLACE TO BE SUCCESSFUL OTHER THAN HIS WILL.
When God is bringing His plan to pass, He will impact our communities for His purpose.
WHY WOULD GOD NOT IMPACT:
YOUR COMMUNITY USING YOU…?
YOUR NEIGHBOR USING YOU…?
YOUR STREET USING YOU…?
YOUR SUBDIVISION USING YOU…?