“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven”. (Eccl 3:1)
“The men of Issachar….understood the seasons.” (1 Chronicles 12:32)
We need to understand that our God is a relevant God! He is a God of purpose. He moves and manifests relevantly in different times and seasons. He is a God in season and out of season.
King Solomon said there are seasons in our lives (Eccl 3:1). A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to weep and a time to laugh.
You know what? Unfortunately, many of us fail to recognize the seasons God brings in our lives. That indeed is a sad tragedy. And the consequences is that we miss out on a lot of opportunities to move to the next level that God wants to bring about in our lives (blessings, miracles, favor, breakthroughs, etc)
We are given to understand that the men of Issachar were considered wise because they understood the seasons (1 Chronicles 12:32). Please understand that they were not referred to as being clever but they were spoken of as being wise. You know what? Smart people are often not wise people but wise people can be smart people.
Seasons are “growth opportunities” that keep you progressing towards a new level and ultimate fulfilment of God’s plan and purpose for your life. The problem with man is that we have become so “clever minded” without the wisdom from above.
A PROCESS OF TRANSFORMATION
The worst thing that can ever happen to anybody is to start from point A and end your life at the same point because of your poor mindset of ignorance and stubbornness.
For instance when we take the example of a seed, it is first transformed into a plant. Then it is transformed into a tree and a tree in turn produces fruits. A sinner is transformed into a saint. Likewise an idea is transformed into a reality. Everything has to go through a process of transformation. It is not in God’s economy that one should stay and die in the same place.
GOD FORMS HIS CHARACTER IN THE PROCESS OF TRANSFORMATION
Your going through will teach you a lot of lessons. It will make you strong and matured to handle big things in the future. So that when the blessing comes finally into your life you will be able to contain it and not go off balance, but be able to stay within the boundary of God plan and destiny! Unfortunately, many people fail in this area because they want to reach the mountain top without going through the valley. Little realizing that the valley experience will mould you into the kind of character that God wants to make you.
Why do you think Moses went through a season in the wilderness for 40 long years? That period was obviously a season of preparation to move to the next level in the purposes of God. It was only after that transformation that he could lead the children of Israel out of the Egyptian bondage. In the kingdom of God there are no shortcuts to any calling or undertaking. Any significant ministry that God has called you to undertake has to go through the preparation process.
“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him” (Lamentations 3:25)
YOUR BREAKTHROUGH IS IN GOD’S TIMING
“’Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit,’ says the Lord” (Zech. 4:6)
The most sorrowful state in the life of a person are those stubborn group of people who are unwilling to move and flow in the seasons of God. And the greatest hindrance to their set-back is their fixed thought pattern of old attitudes. Sadly many of them don’t have the spiritual rudder to catch the vision God places in them (1 Corinthians 2:11). These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even into the depths of the things of God.
Disappointments and regrets come as a consequence when people fail to recognise and grasp the special seasons God brings into their lives. The anointing to discern the seasons of God in your life is sometimes masked by our human thinking of a clever humanistic idea. However, the litmus test finally will be which spirit dominates your life? Is it the BORN-AGAIN spirit or is it a carnal spirit?
Some people wait and expect things to happen in their lives. They don’t seize the opportunity in their seasons and they fail to realize that opportunity multiplies when they are sized.
Therefore you can say your God-ordained season is a great gift of God to mankind. When you know how to exploit this season it will determine the summary of your life at the end of the day. If you missed out on your season it will cost you in your life!
You know what? The greatest tragedy in life is growing old and suddenly discovering that somewhere along the line, at some point, you lost yourself and missed out on God’s destiny and plan for your life!! Simply because you lacked the discernment to grasp the opportunity in your season.
Note: Rev Dr Jai Kumar is an ordained & licensed minister of Covenant Ministries International N.J. USA. He is a mission minded pastor who carries an apostolic anointing who preaches and teaches an uncompromising gospel with boldness. A member of ECCM (Malaysia) Spiritual Adviser & overseer to various ministries and churches. An itinerant speaker. He is also the author of a book entitled, ‘God’s Time Clock.’ Currently he worships at C3 Subang.
NOTE: This article is a personal reflection of the writer, presented for the edification of our readers. Christianity Malaysia remains neutral and impartial on all inspirational reflections from all writers published on this website.
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