Understanding The Seasons Of Life

The seasons in how they relate in our lives is the key to understanding how God works.

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, not sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law (the will and ways) of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night ( Psalm 1:1).

We are told over and over again in Scripture to do the will of God and to find the will of God.

The Will Of God

“Be not comforted to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable, and the perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2).

“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise. Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is (Ephesians 5:15-17).

Nebuchadnezzer learned that God rules over all. No matter if they are a follower or not.

“This decision is by the decree of the watchers, and the sentence by the word of the Holy ones. To the intent that by living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdoms men. Gives it to whoever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men” (Daniel 4:17).

“You shall be driven from men; and your dwelling shall be with the animals of the field. You shall be made to eat grass as oxen. Seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the king of men, and gives it to whenever He will (Daniel 4:32).

The Most High is sovereign over the kingdom of men and gives them to anyone He wishes.

Seasons

“He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water, that produces its fruit in its season. Whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3).

“To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

Understand that God has a Plan for Your Life.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Lessons on Life

There was a man who had 4 sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer and the youngest son in the fall. When they had all gone and came back, he called them together to describe what they had seen. The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise. The third son disagreed; he said it was covered with blossoms that smelled sweet and looked beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment. The Father explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the trees life. He told then that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that came from that life can only be measured at the end, when all seasons are up. If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring,the beauty of your summer,and your fulfillment of your fall.

We like the pear tree in this story all go through seasons.

Understand:

  • We are all going through a season.
  • All seasons have a purpose.
  • If we don’t fulfill the purpose off the season then we will cause problems for the other seasons.
  • Preparation is the key to have a success season.
  • We can bear fruit even if we don’t cultivate and p,ant the land that season.

Winter Characteristics

Short days

Cold

Darkness

Death

Winter Benefits

Intimacy

Evaluation

Sabbath

Planning

Automatic

“ that you put away, as concerning your former way of life, the old man that grows corrupt after the lusts of deceit” (Ephesians 4:22).

Spring Characteristics

Transition

Preparation

New Life

“Lo, the winter is over, the rains are over and gone” ( Song of Song 2:11).

Summer Characteristics

Long days

Harvest

Growth

Summer Benefits

Reaping what you’ve sown

Celebration

“Bur the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” ( Galatians 5:22).

Autumn Characteristics

Transition

Preparation for Winter

Autumn Benefits

Preparations

Resume Routines

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).

How To Respond To The Seasons Of Life

  • Choose faith over frustration

“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations ( Psalm 33:11).

  • Choose gratitude over grumbling

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit ( 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19).

“ Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

  • Choose good over gain

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of a believer” (Galatians 6:9).

  • Choose to fear God rather than fear life

“The fear of the Lord leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble” (Proverbs 19:23).

For God has not given us a Spirit of fear, cowardice, timidity opposite – He has given us the opposite – boldness, confidence and the power of live and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

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