Like the four natural seasons of spring, summer, fall and winter, we have spiritual seasons in our
lives. In Acts 17:26, the Bible says,“And He has made from one blood every nation of men to
dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries
of their dwellings.” Note the word, ‘pre-appointed times.’ God already has the blueprint for your
life. Nothing that happens or doesn’t happen in your life, takes God by surprise. The Bible says
that He has numbered the hairs on your head. He sees the end from the beginning. Praise God!
In the natural sense, we know exactly which season we are in. In the spiritual sense, God wants
His children to recognize the season they are in and also know what the Bible instructs them to do
in that season. In 1 Chronicles 12:32, the Bible says that the sons of Issachar had ‘understanding
of the times’ to know what Israel ought to do. There were 11 other tribes of Israel, but there was
only one tribe that knew the times and seasons. It is our responsibility to seek God’s face and step
up to do what God has called us to do in that season. God asked Adam where he was not because
He did not know where Adam was. God wanted to find out if Adam knew where he was. Do we
know which season we are in? The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a
season, a time for every purpose under heaven:” In Ecclesiastes 3:11, God’s word says, “He has
made everything beautiful in its time.” David says in Psalm 31:15, “My times are in Your hand;
Deliver me from the hands of my enemies.” Our times and in God’s hand and there is no greater
thing than to surrender to God’s plans and His timing in our life.
Here are the seasons that make us mature in Christ:
1. Failing Season:
This is a season when you begin to wonder if God is even hearing your prayers. God seems to be
quiet. You are unable to hear His voice or even sense His presence as you once did. It could be
the loss of a job, loss of a loved one or the loss of things etc… When your dear ones go on to be
with Jesus, you may feel let down and lonely. God seems to be distant all of a sudden. Remember,
all thing works together for good to them that love God. There is a reason and a purpose for
everything we go through in life. No one on earth can ever say that he or she has never failed in
their life. For a tree, this is the season when the ripe fruits fall down and even the leaves fall down.
Nothing touches you without God’s permission. Habakkuk 3: 17 – Though the fig tree may not
blossom, No fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the field yield no
food. Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no heard in the stalls – Yet I
will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” In this season, it is a good thing
to take your time alone with God. This is when you take an inventory of your own life and
check if there is a sin or an iniquity that has resulted in that loss. See if there is any weapon of
the enemy that was formed. Take authority in the name of Jesus in that case. If there is an
offense, then set it right with people. Do not give room for bitterness, jealousy and anger.
Sometimes, offenses come without we knowing it or even realizing it. Our God will forgive
you. But we need to set things right with people. If it is God, then we need to do what we read
in Habakkuk which is to rejoice and be joyful in God because with God all things are possible.
It could be a test or it could be a time of pruning to remove the unfruitful things in your life so
that you can bear fruit. One thing about the failing season is that they do not last. Peter had a
time when he could not catch any fish. He toiled the whole night but of no avail. Continue to
do the right things in the sight of God.
2. Sowing season:
This season comes right after the fruit falls down. The seed needs to be sown. Just like how
we, believers sow the body of our loved ones in the ground, God may call you to sow some
precious seeds. This is hard and there may be weeping and tears involved. But this season is
necessary so that that seed can bear fruit. Hard work becomes your norm. You may work day
and night. Sowers get up early in the morning. Having a balancing act is the key in this season.
God is with you right in the midst of it all. Make God the priority and seek Him with all your
heart. Do not give up. In due time you will reap. Galatians 6:9,10, “ And let us not grow weary
while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore as we have
opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” The
thing we need to be doing it to do good to everyone around you. You might feel like giving up
but keep on doing good. Always do good to the ones that wronged you. Do good to the ones
that hurt you and persecute you.
3. Waiting Season:
Waiting season is not a wasted season. It may look like your blessings are delayed. Delay is
not denial. God will come through. For everything there is a time and a season. David says in
Psalm 40:1, “I waited patiently for the Lord and He inclined to me And heard my cry. This is
the season, you will water your seeds with prayers. Like how water is for the plant, prayers are
for the soul.” Psalm 27:14, “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen
your heart; Wait on the Lord!” After you have sown, the waiting season is hard in the sense
that you know your seed is in the ground. But before the sowing and reaping, there is a waiting.
That is when God will send rains for you. While you wait, fix your eyes on Jesus. Fix your
thoughts on heavenly things, not on things on the earth. Talk with people of faith. You will see
your spiritual strength going up. Isaiah 40:31, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew
their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary.
They shall walk and not faint.” Waiting season will catapult you to the harvest season if you
have the right attitude and faith filled words.
4. Rewarding season:
God’s word promises us that there is a reward for every good work. Matthew 10:42 says that
If you give a cup of cold water to the least, you will by no means lose the reward. This is when
we will see all our hard work bearing fruit. One of the names for God is the Lord of the harvest
(Matthew 9:28). God will bless all our seeds and multiply them so that we can get a harvest.
Do not get caught up in civilian affairs, instead stay focused on what is in front of you. The
coming of the Lord is very soon. Rev 22:12 – Behold I am coming quickly and My reward is
with Me to give to each one according to what they have done.
Conclusion: Oded the prophet said to Asa in 2 Chronicles 15:7, “ But you be strong and do
not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”