In the beginning of time, God made a promise to give us a Savior. The clock began ticking, events were set in motion, in the Garden of Eden when Adam sinned and all mankind needed a Redeemer (Genesis 3:15). Throughout the Old Testament days, there were men and women of faith. We read about Abraham and Sarah, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, David, the judges and the prophets. But there were dark times too. We often see God lamenting (Psalms 81:6-16) that His people would not “walk in His ways!” When God’s people quit listening, God quit speaking. It was prophesied in Amos 8:11-12 that God would cause a famine of hearing the Word of the Lord. This famine lasted four hundred years until the fullness of time had come.
Recall the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-17? The son was loved, but he took his inheritance, left his home and wasted his possessions with prodigal living. He came to himself when he was in the fields with the swine realizing his father’s servants were better off than himself. He returned and his father welcomed him with open arms as he confessed his sins. Sometimes we have to go without to appreciate what we had. Similarly, God used the four-hundred year absence of His Word, spoken by the prophets, to make a people ready to welcome His Word [Jesus Christ] (John 1:14). The time had come for the birth of Christ. As King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes, there is a time for all things and the fullness of time had come in Bethlehem when our Savior was born. Four thousand years after God first promised man a Savior, God had everything in place to fulfill this promise. “In the fullness of time,” I like the sound of that! That phrase comforts me, reminding me that God is in control. He has not forgotten His promise nor has He forgotten us. When the fullness of time has come, everything will be okay. He is the God of time indeed!