God’s Just-In-Time System
Bible Study #15
Knowing God’s Ways #1
First let’s take a look at some definitions of JIT.
Just in Time may refer to: (Just-in-time business), a production strategy Just-in-time compilation, a method to improve the runtime performance of computer programs Just in Time Teaching, a strategy to improve learning outcomes.
Just in time (JIT) in business, it is a production strategy that strives to improve a business return on investment by reducing in-process inventory and associated carrying costs. (In other words, the more parts or units that are in the process or waiting for the next stage of production or are completed but awaiting shipment etc. the more cost is involved.) To meet JIT objectives, the process relies on signals or Kanban between different points in the process, which tell production when to make the next part. The philosophy of JIT is simple: the storage of unused inventory is a waste of resources. JIT inventory systems expose hidden costs of keeping inventory. The JIT inventory philosophy defines how inventory is viewed and how it relates to management.
How does JIT relate to the Bible?
Well, believe it or not God runs a JIT system. Let’s take a look at an article by Ron Cameron, Wesleyan University, USA. (Ten years ago, when I first found this article, it was easy to find, unfortunately I cannot locate it now, so have not included a link. *My Notes in Italics are added for clarity.)
Have you ever thought that God works on the 'Just-In-Time' principle, leaving everything till the last minute? We've all heard of, or maybe experienced, events whereby the solution to a problem arrives at the last minute; an example of this is someone not knowing where the next meal is to come from, then they find a box of groceries on their doorstep. You can probably think of some examples. Take a moment to write them down.
Biblical Examples of God’s JIT System
Ever thought that from God's point of view it may not be "Just-In-Time" but at "Just the Right Time." We all tend to become anxious and want to know what is going to happen and where we are going. Consider Abraham and Sarah, God had promised them an heir, yet they became anxious and look what happened, Genesis 16 (Note: Sarah had no child, so she gave her servant girl Hagar, to be Abraham’s wife to have a child by her. When she became pregnant and gave birth to Ishmael, it caused many troubles and difficulties). At "Just the Right Time," however, Isaac (Abraham’s son with Sarah) was born (Genesis 21:2)
Move on to consider Joseph (Note: Abraham’s grandson, Genesis 37 to- 50), sold into slavery, imprisoned and forgotten, yet at "Just the Right Time" he was placed in charge of the grain distribution. (Note: He became a ruler of the Egyptian Empire)
Then, we move forward many years to the life of Jesus on earth at "Just the Right Time".
(Romans 5:6 Christ died for us when we were unable to help ourselves. We were living against God, but at just the right time Christ died for us.)
God’s JIT system is completely reliable, it does not break down or fail!
Genesis 21:1-2 The LORD came back to visit Sarah as he said he would, and he kept his promise to her. (2) At exactly the time God said it would happen, Sarah became pregnant and gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age.
(Genesis 22:8) Abraham answered, "God himself is providing the lamb for the sacrifice, my son." So, both Abraham and his son went together to that place.
Knowing that God is present and providing is why Jesus tells us not to worry or fear! (Matthew 6:25-34) Those are important promises, not just to the individual’s concerned but for us too! God’s promise is faithful to all who call upon Him! Psalms 145:18, The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. (19 He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.)