Seasons – Part 1

I think everyone is aware of seasons, though it seems few know how to use them.

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Genesis 8:22 – While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

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Take a close look at our Text for Today.  Do you see the phrase, “While the earth remaineth?”  God meant what He said.  As long as this earth remains, we will have seasons.  In this context, it refers to spring, summer, fall, and winter.  That’s “seedtime,” “heat,” “harvest,” and “cold.”  These four seasons may vary in length or intensity, depending on which hemisphere (north or south) is your place of abode, but still, there will be four seasons.

But for the sake of our delving into this study of “Seasons,” we must also consider a second meaning of the word “season.”  While one definition of season does indeed speak to the four seasons we’ve mentioned, we must also consider other applications.  For instance, the children of Israel were captive in Egypt for a season.  They wandered in the wilderness for a season.  When Satan tempted Jesus, and Jesus completely overcame him, he left Jesus for a more convenient season.  Thank God the devil never found one.  And today, in our present world, we have sport’s seasons, fashion seasons, hunting and fishing seasons, and the like.   What we see is that a season, regardless of how we apply it, refers to a period of time in which some particular activity takes place, and that period of time has a marked beginning and end.  It can be as short as an hour and as long as centuries.

While man-designed seasons may change at a whim, the season that is implemented by the Lord has some rules.  We need to understand them.  Whether “seedtime and harvest,” or “cold and heat,” each season set in order by the Lord meets certain criteria.  In “seedtime,” there will always be seed provided to the sower by the Father, ample time in which to prepare the ground for sowing, and time for the sowing, as well as the necessary early rain to help start the growth of what is sown.  In the “heat,” there will always be necessary time for growth and maturity, and the work of protecting the field.  In “harvest,” there will always be a second rain for final growth and maturation of the seed sown, and sufficient time for the harvest to be brought from the fields.  And finally, in the “cold,” there will be sufficient time for the field to rest to be ready for the next round of season.  And finally, in those God-provided seasons, there will always be the necessary time for you to do all that is necessary to enjoy a bountiful crop the Lord desires you to have.  Now, please keep in mind that the seasons I describe here are the ones set in place by Father, whether they be the natural seasons of the earth, or the seasons He has established for every arena of your life; spirit, soul, body, domestic, professional, financial, or social.

Manna for Today – Isaiah 55:10; 2 Corinthians 9:10; Ecclesiastes 3:1-15