Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
Action and Timing.
The secret sauce for many things.
Our society definitely has an action-based mantra.
Production is easier in many respects than it has ever been, even within the creative sector.
Keep striving and you will rise to the top, or keep standing on top of enough other people and you will get to the top, sometimes it is difficult to work out.
There is plenty of ‘action’ – spend five minutes on your social media and you will lose count.
Timing is the interesting part.
Of course, through many of the means of producing ‘action’ there is an expectant timing of ‘now!’.
The first computer I owned I had to program myself before it did anything – today we are impatient if anythng takes more than a second to access.
The Apostle Peter gives us advice in respect of timing – in due time – kairos – an appointed time, or a set and proper time.
This verse is a reminder that everything happens in God’s time and not ours.
Being lifted up – hupsoó – this is the only occurrence of this word in the New Testament – is to be elevated above others.
What ‘action’ do we need to perform before God lifts us up in ‘due time’?
We need to tapeinoó – to be humble, to not see ourselves as above or better than, but come to God in recognition of we are what we are and recognise that we will rise up due to his hand and strength.
We place ourselves under God in order that he may lift us up!