“Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years. At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the Lord’s divisions left Egypt.” Exodus 12:40
We have a work strategy here at the office that differentiates very clearly between what we do on a project and what others do. We can control what we do. We can work harder, stay later, do work-arounds. There are endless ways we can scramble and meet a deadline. They might be expensive ways, but we can do it.
On the other hand, those pieces of a project that are subbed out to our vendors are outside of our control. We order three cases of albums. The local supplier tells us they are out and won’t have any more until next week. They don’t care about our deadline and decline to consider inconveniencing themselves in any way.
Therefore, we carefully get the portions of the project that depend on other people out of the way early on. They may not be important parts, but if they are subbed out, they are vulnerable parts. We have a profound respect for the ability of little people to be very damaging to big projects.
We regularly get stopped dead by other people. Whether it is their incompetence or their overt hostility to our projects is neither here nor there. When they don’t want to do their part of a project, we can’t force them.
Thus, I stand as a company owner and feel profound awe for all of the variables outside God that He had to bring into alignment to execute this monumental project with such precision.
Moses’ dug in his heels and declined the task. Pharaoh was – well, Pharaoh. The magicians and the wise men and the Egyptian people and even the Hebrew people were all variables in the big equation.
But at the end of the day, God has no outside vendors who can stonewall Him. All of the humans in the world and all of the universe itself is totally malleable in the hands of the God of the universe.
That is a huge basis for worship.
But there is more.
Even when there are things we can control, it still needs to be done and synchronized. I am fairly adept at cranking out words. Words on demand are usually one of the least of my concerns. Megan is more than adept at cranking out website code. She can usually make a website walk and talk and dance.
But it still needs to be done, and the time required to do it is often devoured by the tyranny of the urgent. Deadlines creep up on us and we find ourselves scrambling at the last minute to meet a deadline.
Even though we can and do control something, doesn’t mean it automatically flows. Each blog and each web page costs something.
But not for God. I am quite sure He did not have to juggle His to do list and postpone some important but flexible projects in order to get Israel out of Egypt on time. He not only executed with precision, He did it with consummate ease. That is even more impressive.
Join me in a celebration of the God of Timing today.
Copyright November 2015 by Arthur Burk
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