“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven”
(Ecclesiastes 3:1 – KJV)
According to Strong’s Concordance, the Hebrew meaning of the word “season” in this verse is “an appointed occasion”.
This means that the verse can read, “To everything there is an appointed occasion, and a time for every purpose under the heaven.”
There are many different seasons that we may encounter in a lifetime.
Seasons of war and seasons of peace.
Seasons of delay and seasons of acceleration.
Seasons of separation and seasons of connection.
Seasons of being exposed and seasons of being hidden.
Seasons of sowing and seasons of reaping.
Seasons of barrenness and seasons of fruitfulness.
Seasons of pressing on and seasons of holding back
Seasons of ease and seasons of effort.
Seasons of birth and seasons of death
Sometimes in His divine wisdom, God ordains seasons for our lives that we find, uncomfortable, unfavorable, inconvenient, painful, or experience in some other negative way.
When you find your self in such a season, how do you respond?
a) Murmur, grumble, complain, get angry and bitter with God, argue with Him, try to escape into another season, or try to re-define your season according to your own desires?
b) Humbly and graciously accept your season as being from the sovereign hand of your all-knowing, all-wise, all-powerful and loving Father and ask Him to grant you all that you need to pass through the season in a way that is pleasing to Him and that accomplishes all that He desires to do in and through you at the given point in time?
c) Begin at a) and as time proceeds, melt into b).
Sometimes in life we may find ourselves tossed into nerve-wracking, painful, faith-battling, wearisome seasons that seem impossible to bear.
When this happens, one way that we can avoid a lot of unnecessary stress and possible discipline from our Father is to yield to the season He allows in our lives, knowing that He loves us, He has a plan, and is working things out for good even if we can not perceive it.
Instead of responding with anger, rebellion or in some other non-productive, or negative way, when we encounter difficult seasons, it is best to respond with humility and ask God to help us to accept these seasons and grant us the needed wisdom, grace and fortitude to work through them and come out better and not bitter on the other side.
Three (3) keys I’ve come to find very helpful in dealing with God ordained seasons in my life are:
- To flow and not to fight…..it is hard, wearisome and fruitless to kick against the pricks!
- Be content and not restless…..acceptance, not settling, but acceptance brings peace and an increased ability to hear what the Lord is requiring so I can successfully navigate through.
- Be grateful and not grumble…..no matter what is going on, there are always a lot of things to give God thanks for, starting with belonging to His family, having the privilege of calling Him Father, and having my name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life…..praise and be raised…..complain and remain!
If you find yourself in a difficult season today, remember that God will never put more on you than you can bear and the that the season will not last forever…..it too came to pass……seasons change.
Be blessed and encouraged by this song by Crystal Lewis, “Seasons Change”.
BE ENCOURAGED……….SEASONS CHANGE!
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“SEASONS CHANGE” by Crystal Lewis, courtesy of WinnerForGod – http://www.youtube.com