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.
One of the problematic arenas of life I have seen, even experienced in my own life, is the failure to engage in the right actions in different seasons in order to gain a desired outcome. Today I want to share with you some things that will turn to greater blessing for any believer who will put them to work, and keep them in a proper order. Let’s talk about life from a seasonal perspective.
A season of spring comes to you. Things around you seem to be looking new and refreshing. That lasts for a while, and then some things happen to create some pressures. It’s summer. After a while, there a sense of refreshing again, and then what appears to be success or good outcomes. It’s harvest time, or fall. Suddenly, things get tough. Things don’t seem to be working as well, and you may find yourself running short of the resources you need to continue moving forward. It’s winter. If you take the time to monitor the repetitions of this cycle in all the arenas of life, you could recognize the seasons.
What we need to do is learn to recognize the seasons at their beginning, learn to anticipate them, and learn what needs to be done to use that season for a blessed and proper outcome. I don’t believe most people ever recognize these seasonal changes in life. They occur in our lives constantly, and they are not the same in every arena of life. For instance, you may be in a physical spring, a financial fall, and a professional winter, all at the same time.
I have watched over the years, and most people enjoy the warming and freshness of spring, while not taking time to plow and sow. They follow that by taking a vacation in the summer heat to get away from it all, and fail to tend the crops they should have sown. In the fall, when they should be harvesting, they have nothing to harvest, and instead enjoy the change to a milder, more colorful season. Then winter comes, and that are not prepared to deal with the shock of cold. The necessary work needed in each season is too often avoided, so that lack of some sort, at some level, becomes the norm when times become difficult. It is in these times that people seem to need the most help, when in fact, they could be ready to give so much help to others, receiving even greater blessing and modeling the truly successful life. We must learn how to function at the height of our knowledge and with the greatest possible skill and readiness in each season of life. When we do, instead of a time of lack, winter becomes the great time of sharing.
Manna for Today – Isaiah 55:10; 2 Corinthians 9:10; Ecclesiastes 3:1-15; Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 45:11; Isaiah 55:11; Hebrews 11:1-6; Galatians 5:6; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Romans 10:6-17