SEASONS

These last few days have been a Spiritual training ground for me – a unique opportunity to “understand,” if you will. The Lord has been showing me things that I’ve never seen before, and He’s taking me on a journey that’s growing my endurance. 

Last night I had the urge to find out what season I’m in. I looked online this morning & found a lot of opinions. The Lord reminded me of His Word, and I remembered this specific Verse: “For everything there is a season” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

I believe it is vitally important that ALL believers know what season they are in; for their sanity and for the enhancement of The Kingdom of Heaven. 

Example: If someone’s truly in a season of sowing, yet he “thinketh” he’s in a season of harvest, that person will see an overwhelming growth of frustration, confusion and pain. And the opposite, if a man is in a season of Harvest, yet he thinks he’s in a season of planting, he will miss out on the fruits of his labor, therefore rendering his work to be in vain. Let’s get a little more practical. When you’re at the beach, you wouldn’t wear a fur coat, a face mask and warm winter gloves. When you’re snow skiing in Colorado, you wouldn’t wear a bikini and swim shorts. You would dress accordingly (I hope).

So what exactly are the Biblical seasons? I’d love for you to take a moment to put this article down, pick up your Bible and turn to Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. There you will find a few different seasons. An article I read on different Biblical seasons quotes, “In the Bible we have no reference to spring or autumn; the only seasons mentioned are “summer and winter” (Genesis 8:22; Psalms 74:17; Zechariah 14:8). Winter is the season of rain lasting from November to May. “The winter is past; the rain is over” (Song of Solomon 2:11). Summer is very hot and rainless. “(When) the fig tree …. putteth forth its leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh” (Mark 13:28); “The harvest is past, the summer is ended” (Jeremiah 8:20).” These two points should make it easier to understand what Season we’re in. 

How long should you expect to be in a season? (Those of you reading this in a winter season are probably anxious to hear this answer). The allotted time due to each season is totally dependent on The Lord. Let’s put this into perspective. In the book of Genesis 37 we first see Jospeh, Jacobs 2nd to youngest son. Joseph was sold into slavery around age 17. He became 2nd in command over Egypt around age 30, some scholars say. During a span of 13 years, give or take, Joseph was in and out of prison. Genesis 39:4 tells us, “…he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned.” A few verses later, we see Joseph thrown right back into prison: “…So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained.” Jospehs “winter” season lasted a lot longer than we’d like ours to be. Each individual season depends on The Lords Purpose and our obedience to the Lord. 

Each and every one of us is in a specific season. Prepare yourselves, but most importantly, trust The Lord in EVERY season!
 
PASTOR ZACH GADDIS

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