Ecclesiastes 3:1 — “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” (KJV)
When the weather gets cloudy, we know it’s about to rain and that it’s a rainy season. In the same way, when there is heat all over, we know what season it is. Just as we can decipher weather conditions(seasons), can we decipher seasons surrounding our life?
Remember what the scripture says about the men of Issachar?
1 Chronicles 12:32 — “32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.” (KJV)
You can only understand the times and seasons you are currently operating from in your life when you know the types of Spiritual seasons we have.
The Dry Season
1 Samuel 12:17 — “17 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the Lord, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the Lord, in asking you a king.” (KJV)
The dry season is that period in a believer’s life where it seems like all things are not working, all doors seem to be closing, you’re losing opportunities, God is silent, prayers are not getting answered, and it looks like everyone is against you. This is a period of hard times and you’re beginning to assume that God does not exist, but it doesn’t last forever.
Elijah is one of such person who went through a dry season.
The Waiting Season
Psalms 37:7 — “7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” (KJV)
Isaiah 40:31 — “31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (KJV)
Ask Hannah, Joseph and Abraham, they will tell you about it. These people went through a waiting season and I must say this is the most difficult season as waiting on the Lord isn’t so easy, you’d be anxious, worried, and curious because you don’t know when it’ll be over, you don’t know when it’ll end. But where is our assurance? Our assurance is in His Word!
The Busy Season
Luke 10:38-42 — “38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (KJV)
This is the season when you get so busy with work, school, family, etc and you don’t have any time to pray, study or do Godly activities. This could affect both your secret place and the gathering of the brethren.
The Tests & Trials Season
James 1:12 — “12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” (KJV)
Job, David, Moses, Peter, etc were tried and tested. During this season, your faith will be tested. So you can’t talk about how strong you’re in the faith until you’re tested.
If you do not give up, you’ll be rewarded. Amen
The Season of Warfare
Ephesians 6:13-17 — “13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: ” (KJV)
This is the season when you need to spend more time at the place of prayer against all ordinances of the devil.
The Season of Rejoicing
Psalm 126:1 — “126 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.” (KJV)
David experienced the most Joyful and rejoicing season in the scripture and we can see it in his expression in the book of Psalms. This is the season where you are happy, joyful, singing praises and nothing seems to be moving you. It might not be because you’ve money or your prayer has been answered. Although, this season is often experienced as one of the rewards of going through other seasons. However, a believer should always be rejoicing irrespective of the circumstances.
These seasons are just the parts that make up the whole of the life of a believer, so going through them doesn’t mean you’re a sinner, rather, they are expedient seasons as captured in the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-18.
Which of these seasons are you currently going through? Remember, others have gone through it and you’ll overcome it as well if you do not give up. Learn to sing praises, pray for mercy and do not be far from Him irrespective of the season you’re in. Only Him can help you out.