Isaiah 50:4 “The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning; He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.
There are many times in my life that I’ve had more questions than answers from God. I’ve often found there to be times when I didn’t understand what He was doing, or how He was moving in my circumstances. It was in these times that I needed an in season word. A word that comes at just the right time that explains the season I’m walking through with God and thrust me into a greater understanding of His love and care for me in every circumstance.
God orders our lives in seasons just as He works in the natural in seasons. Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us that everything has a season. In the natural, we experience four seasons: summer, winter, fall, and spring. If we reflect on our life in Christ, we’ll see we have gone through these same seasonal cycles in our spiritual life. It’s important to understand this principle because it helps us locate where we are in our walk, understand what we are going through and gives us hope for where we are going. When we can identify the season we are in with God, we can cooperate with Him where He has us and have greater incite as to how to pray and bear fruit within that particular season.
Seasons are temporary. As much as I like the fall season in the natural, it’s not going to remain fall forever. The hope of winter is that spring will soon follow. We only have grace for the season that we are in – not the one we used to be in or the one we’d like to be in. So we need to tap into that grace and walk joyfully within our season.
Psalm 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season.
Fruit only comes forth from a tree in its proper season. There are seasons in our lives where we are to prepare for planting, seasons to plant seed, to be pruned, to harvest, and seasons of rest. It’s important to discern our spiritual season. Often, we think God is not answering our prayers. However, the reality is that we may not be in the “season” for that prayer to be answered. We may, for instance, be in a season of resting and waiting on God. We can’t assume that God is not going to bring His promises to pass in our lives just because we don’t see promises fulfilled within our timeframe. Otherwise, we can pluck up seed that was diligently planted in the planting season before it has had time to germinate and bear fruit. Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Every promise from God has a due season.
If we look at it from God’s perspective, every season we walk through is beneficial and fruitful. God is always working for our good. He always has a good plan for our lives.
Spring time is a season of planting spiritual seed; making our request known to God. It’s a time of refreshing rains after a long, cold, dead winter. It’s a season of new beginnings in our life which may be experienced by new doors opening, new assignments, etc. You won’t see a harvest in a spring season, but you’ll sense the excitement that God is is working to bring forth a harvest in your life.
The summer season is a time for rest after a busy spring. We may not feel like we need times of rest. However, God, in His wisdom, knows when rest is required for His children. It’s also a time of watering the seeds planted in the spring through prayer and fellowship with God. If you’ve been praying for God to open doors to no avail, you might be in a summer season. He is calling you to rest in Him. We’ve all heard the saying, “the heat of summer.” Summer seasons can be marked by a time of intense heat experienced through trials of testing. The purpose of the heat is to burn out impurities in order to prepare us for the upcoming fall season. The summer season is a time of reaping in the blessings of the summer fruit.
Fall is a season of major change. Fall winds blow in cooler weather offering a respite from the heat of summer. The lush green landscape colors of summer are transformed to golds and oranges. Change can make us anxious. However, it’s important to remember that God is in the midst of us, and He goes before us. It is our Father who orders our footsteps. We have to trust Him when the winds of change blow into our lives, and we find ourselves in unfamiliar territory. It’s also a time of the early rains, which soften the ground for planting in the preparation of the winter harvest. In Israel, rains were a sign of blessing upon the land. The blessings of a fall season prepare us for the winter that is promised to come.
Winter! Cold, barren and dreary. In a winter season, it may appear that everything is dead, and harvest will never come but the roots are still growing far beneath the ground. It’s a time to trust in what you know and not in what you can see. In winter, we live off of the past harvest or what has been stored up. We focus on what we know to be true in God’s Word. Like the roots of the trees and dead bulbs beneath the ground, you may not “see” the fruit of your prayers being answered but keep praying, standing and believing.
If you don’t like the season you are in…this too shall pass! God will always take us from glory to glory. However, we must learn to worship and trust Him in our seasons.
Ask God to help you discern the seasons of your life so that you can partner with Him and accomplish great things in the Kingdom.