Jun 8, 2022

Strategies for Changing Seasons of Life

This day, let’s understand the seasons of life better, by diving deep into the Book of Ecclesiastes 3: 1, for everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. Here, it says life is all about seasons, until we leave this world we are living in. To explain in simpler terms, let’s look at the movement of the moon, as it orbits around the earth… it never moves in an A shape or Z shape, the movement is constant. Similarly, we live in a cycle of seasons in our lives, which repeats itself in the same fashion. So, it is vital that we are aware of these seasons and don’t miss any! because, the right understanding will help us to interpret what is happening around us. We need to rely on the Holy Spirit continuously, to understand and interpret these seasons of life.

The first season we’ll learn about is; the dry season. This is a season, every child of God begin with. We’ll observe that whatever we do in this season, backfires. We’ll be working so hard but there are no fruits; people starts hating us for no reason and it doesn’t matter what you do to please anyone, things just get worse and people remain irritated with us, just like how Joseph was treated in the book of Genesis 37: 20, “Come on, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns. We can tell our father, ‘a wild animal has eaten him.’ Then we’ll see what becomes of his dreams!” Joseph’s brothers used to love, cherish and protect him from all forms of danger, till, Joseph had a dream and revealed it to his brothers. The dream was going to be his reality, but since, he was in the dry season, his life took a new course, where he was hated by his own family. When we notice that things are going downhill, remember that we are going through the dry season of life.

Again, let’s read Genesis 37:24, “Then they grabbed him and threw him into the cistern. Now the cistern was empty; there was no water in it.” The Bible says that Joseph was grabbed and thrown into an empty cistern, meaning, the season of dryness, grabbed Joseph into a dry environment as well. He was dragged through a desert, where there is no water… imagine the number of tests he would have been experiencing as he travelled along the desert region. All the suffering of Joseph began, as he happily came searching for his brothers, at the command of the father. But, the intentions of his brothers were different. At this point, let’s go down in our memory lane and think about those moments, when our parents said, we were starting school; or the day we received our first appointment letter; or the first day we were ordained as a Pastor/Worship leader/Youth leader… We would all have been overjoyed in those moments. But, as you begin school, work or ministry, we realise that it’s hard to fit in or you feel rejected or we don’t feel belonged. These are not just feelings, but, the realities of life and there is no option but to live through it. But, there is a silver lining! If we understand the dry season in our life, our focus must be to do the right things we are supposed to do at this time. The story of the sons of Issachar in Bible is an excellent example to illustrate the same. In 1 Chronicles 12:32, it says, “From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take.” We see that 200 leaders from the tribe of Issachar, understood the signs of a new season i.e. for a new great King and they adopted the best course Israel had to take at that moment of time. The sons of Issachar fought alongside King David, to help him achieve his vision even before he was made the King, solely, because of their understanding of the season. Imagine, the kind of disaster that would befall, if they fought against David. As a result, they were given the best places in King David’s armies, once he was enthroned.

Let’s look at the plight of another family, that ran away from the season of dryness in their lives. In Ruth 1:1, it says, “In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah left his home and went to live in the country of Moab, taking his wife and two sons with him. The man’s name was Elimelech, and his wife was Naomi. Their two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in the land of Judah. And when they reached Moab, they settled there. Then Elimelech died, and Naomi was left with her two sons.” Elimelech moved and settled in a new land, as he did not understand the season of his life and consequently, his children dies, followed by his own death. The lack of right understanding and decision-making, leads us to the wrong destination. Whenever we start a dry season in our life, there is a part of us, that wants to dodge and escape from it. But, what is expected of us during this season, is to face our greatest fears and overcome it by fixing our eyes on the cross of Jesus Christ and trusting that he will, see us through it all. The season of dryness doesn’t kill us, rather, it will only bring out the best in us towards the end, which will make us wiser, stronger and knowledgable. Let’s keep this in mind, during the first week of school, or first month at work or the first three months in our own God given ministry. Remember! Jesus has promised to never leave you nor forsake you, if we look at those in Israel during the time of severe famine, we will see that there was no report of any death in Judah, but here, we see a man who ran away from the famine with his family, only to lose everything in a different land. The stumbling block had now become a stepping stone, and that’s why, those who remained in Judah were blessed. Persistence and endurance is what will keep us alive and moving forward in this season. When you keep holding on to God in this season, he will see you through, and blessings will be your portion, just like in the life of Job.

In the book of Job 42:10, it says, “When Job prayed for his friends, the lord restored his fortunes. In fact, the lord gave him twice as much as before!” Here, we see that God restored a double portion for Job. All of us want multiplication in our lives, just like how Elisha asked his master Elijah. But, the question here is, are we ready to be quiet and go through the dry seasons of life, without accusing or pointing fingers at God? Without blaming or saying God’s been unfair to us… The key to successfully journeying along this season is to fix our eyes on Jesus and trust the process.

To be continued . . .

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