Mark 3:4 – And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.
Often in the past I have written of what many call “God’s timing,” clearly stating that concerning all covenant matters, His timing is already established through the work of faith. And that is “NOW.” Father has stated clearly in His Word that He withholds “no good thing” from those who walk uprightly. The “timing” of the Lord can be summed up in simple terms. WHEN you are obedient, ready, prepared, and in the right position, Father is ready. Father needs no preparation; He is NOW – the I AM. He is EVER ready. He is ALWAYS compliant with His Word.
I am a leadership trainer. I work to prepare leaders in the principles of Christian leadership. In the realm of leadership, there is what we call the “law of timing” (John Maxwell – The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership). In the realm of human leadership, men can, and do, make judgment errors. We can make both right and wrong actions, and we are capable of doing both at right and wrong times. The pattern is as follows.
- Wrong Action + Wrong Time = Disaster
- Right Action + Wrong Time = Resistance
- Wrong Action + Right Time = Mistake
- Right Action + Right Time = Success
But these calculations are all human based. With God, as it was with Jesus in our Text for Today, there is NEVER Wrong Action – ONLY Right Action. And with God, He is perfectly aware of the self-preparation and obedience that makes the Time Perfect. In the events around our Text for Today, Jesus’s action was perfect, which means it was surely “good.” And that is precisely the point He made when addressing the religious minds that stood about Him. The answer to Jesus’s question is a simple one. It is ALWAYS “lawful,” or RIGHT, to do good, not only on the Sabbath, but ANY and EVERY day. And Father does all things “decently and in order,” as we have likewise been commanded to do. The indication is that Father wants all things to be properly arranged, even the “suddenlies” of life. We should commit ourselves to do WHATEVER the Lord commands, WHENEVER He commands it, WHEREVER He commands it, and HOWEVER He commands it, for His actions are ALWAYS right, and obedience to Him is ALWAYS right, as well.
Manna for Today – Mark 3:1-5; Acts 10:38; 1 John 5:3; Hebrews 11:1 & 6; Galatians 5:6; Isaiah 1:19; 3 John 2; Psalm 84:11; 1 Corinthians 14:40