Times and Seasons
Written by Josh and Chelsey Holland
This past week while we were driving, our son asked in the car why seasons don’t last forever. I explained to him that God didn’t make seasons to last forever. Of course, he was talking about the seasons when it comes to the weather, but this caused me to start thinking about the seasons we go through in life, and more specifically the season we are currently in right now.
We have all entered a new, different, and hard season. We are all facing similar circumstances, but we’re all facing different challenges and viewpoints along the way. God has called us to seek Him in every season we are in and that includes both the good and the bad times.
We must look to the truth of the Bible to better understand not only the why for times and seasons, but also for the what. What are we to do during and because of these times and seasons?
The book of Ecclesiastes really helps bring focus to how there is a time and season for everything throughout our lives, and that it should point us to our need for Jesus Christ.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” -Ecclesiastes 3:1 (See the links below for the series about Ecclesiastes.)
“You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”
Here are a few questions that we should reflect and seek to act on during this season.
How are you as an individual seeking God?
How can we love and serve others during this season?
How are we as a church to seek God in this season?
1 Corinthians 2:9 says “But, as it is written, No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no heart has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
Be encouraged, that God knows what is happening, and He hasn’t forgotten His church. That’s also a reminder that He hasn’t forgotten you.
God wants us to keep pressing into Him, and not be distracted by the circumstances around us. This season will not last forever. A new one is coming and it doesn't mean the next one will be better, but it does mean God is still with you and He is working.
Seek and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you and through you in this season. If you are having a hard time being thankful or thinking about how good God is, then be sure to take some time and go to the Word of God for truth and encouragement, and always remember church family that God is good and faithful and He hasn’t left you.
“Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Below are some videos that are very helpful and relevant to the times we find ourselves in. Click the links to view the videos: