In Due Time

A Lamplighter Moment from Mark Hamby

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. I Pet 5:6

The Greeks had two words for time: ‘chronos’, meaning chronological time, and ‘kairos’, meaning a unique opportunity or moment— a time in between, a moment of indeterminate time in which something special happens. The Greeks saw it as that unique window of opportunity for action which only lasts a few moments before it is gone forever; this facet of kairos is depicted in their mythology by a winged god with only one lock of hair on his forehead. In order to capture him, all you had to do was seize that lock of hair, but he passed by so quickly that you only had a moment in which to take it before the opportunity was gone.

In the New Testament, the word ‘kairos’ takes on yet another dimension, that of the specially appointed time or opportunity given by God. It is the word that is translated here in I Peter (due time) as that specially appointed time that has been ordained and predetermined. The question that must be asked however, is whether or not this time can be missed? Can one become impatient and miss the miraculous deliverance and blessing that come during kairos time?

In the book of Habakkuk we read in 2:3: For the vision is yet for an appointed time (kairon-Gk Spt), but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. God’s appointed times for our deliverance will come, and those who wait patiently will experience the full measure of God’s miraculous redemption. Blessing and deliverance will come—it’s all in due time!

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