In 1 Peter 5:6-11(ESV), the Bible states:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
This passage has instruction, exhortation, warning, and rewards all in six short verses. If we remain humble before God He will lift (exalt) us when the time is right. Turn over all your concerns to Him because He loves you and will take care of you. Stay watchful against the devil who is always looking for that one opportunity to lead you astray. And remember the wonderful promise that after all your struggles God will “restore, confirm, strengthen and establish” you because you are one of His children.
So, when is “the proper time” referred to in verse 6? That seems to be one of the most asked questions from the newer covenant standers. We frequently hear statements such as, “I think I could stand for restoration for maybe 1, 2, 5 year(s)” – pick a number. That person has not yet grasped the true meaning of covenant, which is forever. As standers are healed spiritually and begin the process of change through prayer and study of the Bible, their time perspective changes.
Our Triumvirate God (God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit) has all authority. Jesus says in Matthew 28:18, “All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to me.” A true feeling of peace comes when you can say “even if….”
- Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego said to the king that their God had the power to save them from the fiery furnace, but even if He chose not to, they would not worship the king. But God did save them.
- Job knew that his God could take away all his tribulation, but even if He chose not to Job would not curse His name. But God restored to Job more than was taken away.
- There are covenant keepers who said they would stand “even if my marriage is not restored in this lifetime…” and their spouse has passed away. We never quite understand that situation, but God does.
- There are many restored marriages where the covenant stander reached the place that they said “even if my marriage is not restored in this lifetime…” But it was.
Be the covenant keeper that learns to say, “Even If…”