Just In Time

May 4, 2021
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The guest pastor read his chosen Scripture. The words sounded eerily familiar. It was like I'd read it an hour previously. And then it hit me — they were included in that day's readings in my daily Bible reading plan.

I know for certain that this preacher didn't choose this passage just to mess with my head. He had no way of knowing my reading plan or where I was with it.

What are the odds? Consider that my Bible plan includes the entire Bible, not just the Gospels or well-worn passages. There are 31,103 verses in the Old and New Testaments. There are 365 days in a year. A mathematician can calculate the odds. I'm sure that they are slim.

Then, I considered the fact that I started using this particular Bible reading plan on February 19, 2016, not January 1, like many other folks. I've completed it five times, and I'm on my sixth go-round. God knew that my preacher friend would choose that exact passage for that message on that day. God knew that his congregation would invite him into their sanctuary on that particular Sunday. God led me to that reading plan and ordained that I would start it that very day.

Scoffers and skeptics may brush this off as mere coincidence. But I know better.

This happens quite often for me — a devotional, an article, a commentary, or even a conversation will include a passage that appeared in that day's Bible reading plan.

Far from scary — for me it's just another reminder that we worship a God Whose hands are responsible for the vastness of outer space but Whose hands are involved in tiny logistical details.

If this kind of thing just happened with me, it would be awe-inspiring. But I am not the only one. There are simply no words for this.

The prophet Isaiah tells us that the Lord says, "At just the right time, I will respond to you." (Isaiah 49:8a NLT)

"Just in time" is a wonderful tool for businesses that seek to operate at a high level of efficiency. Now take that and apply it to the vast universe and every single living soul.

Awesome indeed!

I started my Bible reading plan by obeying a nudge from the Lord. I have seen the fruit, not only in my deeper understanding and knowledge of Scripture but also because it provides another opportunity for our awesome God to display His vast, all-knowing power.

God works in ways that we cannot imagine, preparing a foundation, piece by piece. Because of the sovereignty and providence of God, whenever we do something, however simple, we never know where the Lord will take it, or what effects our action will have.

When God nudges, obey!

Thought to ponder: Always say "yes" to every invitation from Jesus to be obedient to His call.

Prayer: Father, Your power is immense; Your ways are beyond our ability to comprehend. You are the God of infinite space, and You are the God of microscopic detail. Help us to be still and allow Your mighty, all-knowing hands to work within us today. Amen.

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Andy Cornell <amcpastor1@gmail.com>
Dresden, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Andy.

    A good reminder, Andy.

    Such a great devotion. Thank you.

    Thanks for the insights,
    His eye is on the sparrow…

    Thank you, Andy, for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.

    I sure could relate to your message today, Andy. Our God is so amazing!

    Thanks for your great post Andy, that happens to me too. God blesses us in many ways.

    Welcome. Looking forward to more devotionals from you.
    (FL, USA)

    Inspires and helps me, today, Andy. Grateful that you brought God’s message to me today.

    Good morning my friend. Thank you for today’s devotion. Someone added me to this list and am very grateful.

    Good morning Andy,
    Yes, it is amazing how that sometimes happens.
    Thank you for writing.

    Thank you, Andy.
    My Dad’s close friend was a Presbyterian minister in your city. Our family spent some happy holidays visiting his family there. Thanks for writing messages for Presbycan!

    Hi Andy
    Thank you for the much needed “nudge”. Great devotional message. Keep up the good work. Blessings to you and yours. Keep well and stay safe.

    Dear Andy,
    Thank you so much for your great, inspiring message. I have started praying the hymns when my own words fail me, and this resonates so well with my daily prayer of “Great is thy Faithfulness”!

    Greetings Andy,
    Many thanks for your very mindful devotional today. Yes, our God is on duty everywhere and all the time, therefore is overseeing our every action and ever ready to serve us.
    Blessings for submitting this devotional.

    I was surprised and pleased to see you were the author of today’s message in Presbycan. I am sure we can all recall an instance where this has happened. I hope we hear more from you in the future.
    Hope you and the family are keeping well.

    Andy Cornell, I have to share with you how accurate your message was. The last few months I have been pleasurably surprised how the words from my Minister’s Sunday message have reflected my weekly studies, God does like to reinforce His messages! We are in Lookdown in church as well as province, but the church is faithfully getting the message out every Sunday via some modern communications or by a printed email to technophobes like myself.
    Bless you!

    Good morning Andy,
    I had to look up Dresden because I don’t think I had heard of a place of that name in Ontario. Those coincidences happen for many of us when we take note. They particularly happen when God feels that I need to hear that and so he is nudging me to take note and get the point he is making. I admire you on your sixth reading of the whole Bible and obeying the nudge. Even when I can see that it will benefit me, I don’t always obey the nudge. Definitely we can not comprehend how God works, we need to have faith and know that God is looking after all the details, one at a time. Thank you for sharing and may you have many nudges to obey.

    Thanks for the devotional Andy. A wonderful reminder of just how BIG our God is!!!

    Thanks for sharing!
    This happens to me as well.
    No coincidence! God is here. We just have to listen.

    Thank you for this experience of scripture – Just in time. I receive other devotional material with Bible passage referrals. So many times, the scripture of the day talks to the experiences of the day.

    So many “coincidences” are really “God’s-incidences”. No doubt you’ve heard that before!
    I have other “signs”; a hummingbird at one of my feeders after a long time.
    God seems to use nature to show me his care.
    Thanks for this meditation,
    (BC Canada)

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