My wife (Pam) and I moved from Marietta, GA to Plano, TX in 1982. One of the differences was the change from Eastern Time Zone to Central Time Zone. Actually, it became a big deal. For example, many of my favorite tv programs no longer began at 10:00PM Eastern Time Zone with local news starting at 11:00PM. Now, they began at 9:00PM Central Time Zone with local news at 10:00PM. This gave my family an extra hour of sleep!
Do you know that God has a time zone that greatly impacts our lives? It is called “Due Time Zone.” This time zone is not based on the sun. It is based on the Son!
The Apostle Peter says it this way in his first book (5:6-7 NIV), 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Peter says that God will “lift you up in due time” after you “Humble yourselves…under God’s mighty hand.” Verse 7 shows us how to humble ourselves, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Stop trying to resolve personal issues in the energy of your flesh. Step down off the throne in your heart and surrender control to Him by “casting all your anxiety on Him.” Once this is done, “in due time” He will “lift you up.” God works in the due time zone.
The Apostle Paul states straightforwardly in Galatians 6:9 (NASB), “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” If we do “not lose heart in doing good…in due time we will reap.” Then, Paul tells us what “doing good” looks like in verse 10, ”So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” Be a doer of good to “all people, especially to those who are of the household of the faith” and “in due time” you will reap a bountiful harvest.
Physically, I live my life in the Central Time. Spiritually, my life is based in the “Due Time Zone.” Humble yourself under His mighty hand and do good to all people and live in the “due time zone.”