Timing and pride. And odd pairing, but there could be something pulled from these two.
Verse 7 is cited as a rough proof text in Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article 11: Election (SD 11.56) showing that God knows when each believer will be converted, but since God has not revealed this to us, "we must obey his command always to cling to the Word and to commend the time and the hour to God." This is an extrapolation from the text and taken out of its immediate context, but the point remains valid even if the use of scripture is questionable. God has chosen when some things will happen and is under no compulsion to share those times with us. Our call is to trust God's promises.
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
Verse 6 is quoted in The Small Catechism, The Household Cart, For Young People in General (SC 7.12) along with the last half of 1 Peter 5:5 as an exhortation against youthful pride.
The lack of pure informational transparency between the Father and Son gives us reason to pause and wonder what it means for the followers of Jesus to be one as Jesus and the Father are one. In preparation for Trinity Sunday, it's worth remembering that there are some things that the Father knows that the Son does not know. And since we are made heirs with Christ through God's love, we should not be surprised that there are things we do not know. There are things our oldest brother (that is Jesus) doesn't know, yet his faith in the Father is an example for us when we get caught wondering about the times and ages God has set. This is a call to humble youthful pride as we stand before God because all of use are God's children.
- Where do we provide space for people to be humbled by God's love?
- How do we recognize the arrival of times God has set?