Seasons Part Three
I really enjoy reading these thoughts from Moments for You Tracts and I want to share them with you.
SEASONS OF LIFE
Spring, summer, fall or winter…which would you say is your favorite season and why? I would have to say my favorite is summer. I love the warmth (not the excessive heat we get in Oklahoma) I love to go to the lake and camping with my family!
What if your favorite season lasted all year? What if there was only one season? God knew what He was doing when He created the different seasons. Just like nature has four different seasons, our lives seem to have different spiritual seasons, too.
There are seasons in our spiritual lives when everything seems to be new and blooming! Spiritually, this may be when we first come to now the Christ as our Savior: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17
Or, it may be the time when our relationship with the Lord has been renewed or strengthened. Reading God’s word, fellowshipping with other believers, praying and spending time with God every day is encouraging and exciting! Our Christian walk feels new and fresh.
In summer, life seems warm and relaxed. A level of spiritual maturity and stability has been reached for a time. And although our spiritual lives may seen consistent, there may be extremely hot periods of spiritual challenges and sudden storms to test the depth of our faith. God can use these times in turbulent trials or spiritual tribulation not only to test us, but also to strengthen us and make us appreciate His peace when it comes.
Fall brings the “falling away” of things in our lives like children leaving home, moving to a new place or leaving friends behind. Yet we must remember that all is in preparation for new things God is bringing! There may be things that bring relief when they fall away such as bad habits or the chains of materialism, but there may be other life circumstances we don’t understand such as the loss of a job or the loss of good health.
These times may even cause us to doubt God. Even Elijah went through such a period after his “heated summer season” dealing with Ahab, Jezebel and the prophets of Baal. Following his great victory for God at Mount Carmel, Elijah ran into the wilderness filled with fear and doubting God. He experienced a season of coolness and falling away, yet God was consistently faithful.
Finally there is winter, a time when the joy and beauty and variety of the other seasons have faded away. A time for the weary soul to take a break from its labor and rest. Although this season may appear dreary and confining, even these times are needed for the new growth coming in spring.
God, in His wisdom, provides intervals of rest for the earth. He knows that we, His children, also need times of rest. So no matter which of the spiritual seasons it feels like we’re in, there is good taking place because of God’s work in and through us. On those dreary and overcast days, it is important to remember that even though we can’t see the Son, He is always there!
THE CYCLE CONTINUES
Seasons come more than once, and so during our spiritual lives e get to enjoy several springs, summers, falls, and winters. Thank God for His loving care in every season of life.
—Adapted from creativebiblestudy.com
SEASONS OF SUFFERING
“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.” - 1 Peter 1:6
All that God plans and performs in this life is in view of what He has in store for us in Heaven. He is preparing us for the life and service yet to come. Nobody knows all that is in store for us in Heaven, but we do know: life today is a school in which God trains us for our future ministry in eternity. This explains the presence of trials in our lives—they are some of God’s textbooks in the school of Christian experience.
Peter illustrated this truth by referring to the goldsmith (1 Peter 1:7). No goldsmith would deliberately waste the precious ore. He would put it into the smelting furnace long enough to remove the cheap impurities. Then he would pour it out and make from it a beautiful article of value. It has been said that Eastern goldsmith kept the metal in the furnace until he could see his face reflected in it. So our Lord keeps us in the furnace of suffering until we reflect the glory and beauty of Jesus Christ
—From Pause for Power by Warren W. Wiersbe
REAPING IN DUE SEASON
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” - Galatians 6:9
Sowing will bring a harvest. No matter what we chose to do with our lives, there is always consequences. Paul makes sure we understand this when he says in verse 7 “A man reaps what he sows.” Then he gives the two choices in verse 8 “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
Now in verse 9, Paul has a caution, a warning for those who are doing it right, who are living and walking by the Spirit of God. He tells us not to loose heart in doing good. It should'n’t surprise any of us that the flesh lurks around us at all times. When we’re doing it wrong its got us in its rip. But when we’re doing well, it’s there to get us off track. It’s always there. We have to be conscious of it.
There’s a trap to watch out for when we’re serving the Lord. The trap is the flesh ants to see the result of whats being done. The world’s way is to measure everything: if it’s not bug then it’s not right. This is a trap. Paul’s warning to us is, “let us not be weary.” He continues and explains, “For in due season we shall reap.” Every harvest comes when its ready. A farmer can’t predict that all the time. It’s going to be ready when God says it’s ready. We must remember we don’t reap overnight. That’s part of the law of the harvest.
If it’s not happening quickly enough, or if i’ts not happening big enough, we have the tendency to to back doing it our way. Only God knows the end, and only He knows the time, and only He knows what He’ doing. So therefore we serve Him and simply trust Him, even where there are no visible results. We just continue to trust Him, because we know that if we’re sowing in the right field, at some point the harvest is going to come.
A missionary named Dorie Van Stone worked with the Dani tribe in Irian Jaya for eight years. Her children got so sick she had to come off the mission field. She never saw a convert; no one came to know Christ. Years later, Dorie received letter from the chief of the Dani tribe. It said “Dorie, there are over 250,000 believers now in the Dani tribe. They have become the leading evangelists in all of this area of the world.” Dorie just stood there with tears streaming down her face and said, “I just thought it would never happen.”
Paul says don’t lose heart, don’t grow weary, because you will reap in due season. Don’t back off. Trust God. Sow the good seed of the gospel. If you don’t see a result, that’s fine. You’ll experience the joy of Jesus just knowing Him. But the harvest will come! Keep sowing.
—Dr. Wayne Barber, condensed
Veronica is our guest relations director. Born and raised in New Mexico (so you know she loves green chile!). She enjoys cooking, laughing, and spending time with her husband, Gabriel, and four daughters (yes, four!), who all serve alongside her in the church.