I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
— Galatians 4:1–7 ESV
There is a divine narrative that resonates deep within our soul. Some have dismissed it, some have accepted it, but regardless of our understanding, all of us are included in it. Before the foundation of the world, God had a plan for his glory to be manifested in Jesus. The person and work of Jesus Christ is the centerpiece of God’s activity, and that was always his plan.
What theologians call “salvation history” is filled with crazy stories, bad choices and unsavory characters. It seems like mankind has done everything possible to thwart the divine plans of God. However, God has been using every moment to set the stage for the redemption of man — the redemption of you.
At exactly the right moment, God sent Jesus to liberate us from the burden of the law and the bondage of sin. He rescued us from that slavery and adopted us into his family. So no matter how dark your circumstances may appear, there is no reason to despair. Hope is assured because your heavenly Father has secured it for you.