Titus 1:1-3 Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness – a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior
Timing. We all struggle with it. When we’re young, we want to be older. When we’re older, we pine away for our younger days. We get impatient that we aren’t married yet, or don’t have our dream job yet, or sourly reminisce about the opportunity we foolishly missed out on.
The most common deathbed regret is the lack of risk-taking during one’s life…that they wish they would have taken the chance to ask out that girl, or to start a certain business, or to actually tell their kids how much they really loved them. Given the opportunity, we would rewrite our life’s history in a heartbeat. The chances not taken, the words unspoken…or maybe we would take back the times we really messed up. We all have moments like that, and they act like thorns in our memories and in our hearts.
But since time is linear, and we have to live in it…we can’t change the past, nor do we really know what the future holds. While that may scare us when we honestly think about it, we have no choice but to live in the present and make the best of where we’re at in this moment in time.
But what makes me smile, what gives me hope, is found in verses 2-3, that
…God, who does not lie, promised [eternal life] before the beginning of time, and at his appointed season he brought his word to light…
When we look at the “timing words” in these verses, we find that God doesn’t work within time like we are forced to. We see that God made a promise before the beginning of time, and that he has appointed seasons already planned ahead.
No mistakes. No missed opportunities. All according to his plan.
There is a ton of comfort when we meditate on this one simple truth – that God knows the beginning from the end, he’s planned it out…and therefore
He’s not surprised by life – even when we are
He’s not missing opportunities – like we have
He sees human history in seasons – and he works within those seasons
at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior
God chose the specific time in human history that Christ would sacrifice himself. He met Paul at just the right moment, the exact right season, in order to reach him with the truth. Since Paul accepted Christ as who he is – the Son of God and the Savior of our sins – Paul was then able to fulfill the mission God had chosen him for at that point in history.
God also meets each of us at the exact right time in our lives. After we accept Christ for who he is, we also have a mission for this season of history – to introduce those around us to him. We can even use verse 3 as a template:
At [God’s] appointed season he brought his word to light through the __________ entrusted to me
How will you fill in the blank?