Just as seasons exist in the physical realm, they exist in the spiritual realm. We all go through them. There are seasons of spiritual growth and development where much progress is made. And then there are seasons when it seems you have slipped into low gear and are grinding it out. Some seasons of life are relatively easy. Others are difficult. With God in control of your life you can know that whatever the season, there’s a reason. God is at work in your life and He’s doing something good (Phil. 1:6).
Since seasons are a fact of life for everyone, here are a few helpful observations:
- The seasons of life are always changing. Winter doesn’t come to stay but eventually gives way to Spring. You may be in a difficult season of life at this moment. Take heart. It won’t last forever. It’s just a season.
- Every season has a purpose. Nothing happens randomly in God’s universe, especially in the lives of His people. There is a purpose for everything God allows. Jeremiah 29:11 says it’s to give us a future and a hope.
- It is not necessary to understand the seasons but to remain faithful through them. Jesus told His disciples in Acts 1:7, “It is not for you to know the times and seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.” He then told them to do what He had commanded them to do - to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the Promise of the Father.
- God wants our lives to be fruitful in all seasons. Psalm 1 talks about the believer who is, “like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season.” No matter what season we are in, our lives can still be productive for the kingdom of God.
- God makes everything beautiful in its time. Those are the words of Solomon in Ecc. 3:11. When the season God has allowed in our lives has fulfilled its intended purpose, we will look back and testify with those of Mark 7:37, “He has done all things well.”
While the seasons of life change, the God we serve does not! He is, ”the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Through all of life’s seasons, maintain your trust in God. He will see you through!
Pastor Todd Weston