Years ago manufactures came up with a new strategy to improve their business and profits. It was called Just in Time manufacturing. Here’s how it worked. Suppose Company A made a product that had three different components. Normally they would stock a bunch of each component to make sure they had enough parts on hand to make their product. Just In Time manufacturing meant that instead of having a large inventory of these components they would order and get them at their plant just as they needed them to make their product – not a moment before. Everything showed up “Just In Time.” It was a good concept, but originally “Just In Time” was God’s idea! And I can prove it:
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners (Romans 5:6)
“At just the right time” Christ showed up in history, not a moment too soon or a moment too late. And as brilliant as that is, it gets even better, because Christ shows up in your life at just the right time also. He reveals Himself to you when you need Him. He speaks and guides you when you needed it. He supplies what you need at the right time. And I know it may not seem that way sometimes, but I am firmly convinced that it is true. I don’t believe God is messing with us. I don’t believe He likes to watch us squirm and fret. I don’t believe He takes some twisted pleasure in our anguish or hardships. Instead He would much rather that we trust Him and trust that He is doing the right thing in our lives at the right time. Jesus tried to teach His followers that very principle when He said:
So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing…Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not…So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
You see, the point here is that the Father knows what we need and will give us what we need from “day to day.” In other words, Just In Time. He doesn’t give us what we will need tomorrow today. He gives us what we need today… today! By the way, I don’t think this verse in only talking about “stuff.” There is plenty we need daily that is not material goods.
So, I want you to be encouraged. I want you to be hopeful. And I want you to be worry-free. We have a Just In Time God and He comes through every time. “Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms” (Ps 68:19). Please Lord, let us see your goodness to us each day.