Fullness of time

“And Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days. Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler. But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon.””
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭40:12-15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Now it came to pass on the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand. But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭40:20-23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Fullness of time

As I have walked this walk of faith, considering all that the Lord has done in my life, I inevitably find myself wondering why I waited so long. For twenty seven years, I did not attend church, despite the constant urgings of my mother. I lived a life of unbelief, in danger of hell if I had died before coming to Jesus.

I have come to realize that my God is sovereign, covering all things, establishing the coming and the going, the seasons and when things should happen. He had ordained the life that I would live, and all of its effects on my life. All that I endured, would someday make up the story of His rescue of my soul from the fires of hell, and show the glory of faith in Christ.

As I read of Joseph, imprisoned wrongly by Potiphar, who deceived by his wife’s attempted cuckery, I reflected on the way the Lord will ordain trial and suffering for future glory, in the fullness of time.

The Bible is full of examples of people whose lives were filled with suffering and struggle until they encountered Jesus. On the surface, one might look upon such happenings as examples of the cruelty of a disconnected God, sitting distant in the cosmos. In reality, everything has its appropriate time.

I think of the man blind from birth who crossed paths with Jesus.

“Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.””
John 9:1-5 NKJV

His blindness was ordained from the foundation of creation to bring glory to God on that day, at that time, according to the foreknowledge of God. I remember when my kidneys were failing, and the symptoms were beginning to mount. Rather than beginning dialysis right away, I suffered increasing sickness for six months, because the treatments were far more effective the worse I was when I started.

From a spiritual standpoint, all of my illness and trials were known to God from the foundation of creation, and in His sovereignty, He ordained them all, knowing how they would affect my walk with Him. Each ailment has brought me low, clearing my vision of self, that I see the glory of God more clearly.

In the case of Joseph, God waited until just the right moment, when he would be remembered and called upon to save the world.

“Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river. Suddenly there came up out of the river seven cows, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow.”
Genesis 41:1-2 NKJV

The butler finally remembered Joseph, and told of the one in the dungeon who could interpret Pharoah’s dream. In the fullness of time, and then be exalted into a position where the blessing on him would extend to the world. In saving the world, he saved his people, keeping the promise to Abraham.

Humanity toiled for centuries under the law, ensnared by sin. In the fullness of time, God sent His Son to be born of a woman and placed in a manger. He came in humble stature. For two thousand years, the Gospel has gone out, and souls have been saved. The evil one has sown tares in amongst the wheat, and it can seem at times that there may come a day when no one is left who calls upon the name of the Lord.

“But 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 because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭4:4-7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

But, in the fullness of time, Jesus is going to return. For various reasons, which I will not share here, I believe it will be very soon.

Brothers and sisters, you may be in a situation that seems horrible, and you may be wondering why the Lord has not intervened. Know this: God is not unaware. He is working out the details in His time, and when He moves, it will be clear that it is the best time.

The children were promised a deliver throughout their time in Egypt, and finally Moses was born. In the fullness of time, he was raised up and prepared. God is preparing a solution to your problem, even now.

Trust in the Lord and know that it is coming in the fullness of time.

Have a fabulous Friday!


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