by Impact Church
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Eccles 3:1
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1Peter 1: 6,7
The warm soothing rays of sunshine at the end of a fall afternoon meet quietly with evening’s incoming cold. Skin that was tantalizingly warmed under a fall sun has perceived also the chill, portending the night’s precipitous temperature drop. Memories of that fall day’s blown leaves and thrown footballs collide with winter’s thoughts of soups, coats and fireplaces. Even before nightfall, the evening declares there’ll be a shift of atmospheres. Change is in the air, inevitable and undeniable.
Likewise the longer daylight of spring speaks to winter’s harsh reality of snow and cold. Though months of freezing temps have come, the reality of an early spring midday sun foretells of warmer days and peeking buttercups! The long nights of TV watching and endless card games have transitioned to flower planting, spring cleaning and baseball! Warmer days fill agendas with productive activities and nights are reserved for tomorrow’s anticipated business. Change is possible, and likely, when seasons become our needed insight and motivation!
So should there not also be seasonal indicators to spiritual transitions, periods of time where Grace seeks to upstage old mind sets and practices? And are there not also seasons of temptations and fiery moments intended by Satan to destabilize and bring disillusion? Are there not clusters of time wherein battles of necessary change occur? Do not pressures even of dutiful conscience affect a traditional life? Are there not words of prophets, wives, husbands and best friends that provoke us to demonstrate more of our own well-recognized ability? Do not seasons of unrest, confusion or discouragement come in time to all? Yet more importantly, can’t they also speak of better days, better understanding and a far deeper love? (Don’t you just love rhetorical questions?)
Without question, they do. They’re meant to. They’re designed for that purpose. They’re given as gifts to our lives, companions for our journey, agents of change, interruptions of inspiration and signposts of direction and progress! When the present is contrasted with a differing climate, whether it be from cold to hot or vice versa, we’re given a perceptive moment, a keyhole view of the future. Is this a season of temptation, a strategy of satanic influence to weaken or destroy? Or is this the moment I’ve dreamed, the answer I need for taking the next step? The important thing to remember is that it isn’t our money, health or relationship that’s at stake; it’s our faith that’s actually being tested!
So consider it all joy when tempting variables of life are presented! Faith is then at its most glorious! The relationship of child and Father is strengthened by the trial of one’s faith, and God is magnified, elevated and glorified when what we believe to be true is questioned. So whether we’re tempted by Satan to look back, or tempted by our flesh to stay contented when Grace is showing us more, rejoice in the fact you’re stronger for the test! Seasons are essential for faith to grow, and remember seasons have time limits. Some we’ll simply endure and patience will be the fruit; and others we’ll reach for with gusto and love will be its fruit.
In either case, scripture speaks of an enduring and thrilling hope. “Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ”, and the capstone to eliminate any confusion, “And this is the victory that overcomes the world, even your faith!”