In the English language, we use the word “seasons” with reference to many different things.
For example, we talk about the season of childhood, when new things are learned and experienced every moment of every day. Sometimes those lessons are hard and painful, other times they are fun and silly.
Then there is the adolescent season, when lessons are a bit more difficult and the consequences are more far-reaching but also where we have unbounded energy and dreams of exciting days ahead.
We later arrive at the season of adulthood where we are still challenged with new problems and adventures [I am thinking about adjusting to technology here!]. Disappointments may arise when we are downsized from a long-held job. Hardships may come when physical disabilities are hampering living life to the fullest. Tears may fall as the child has to become the parent as dementia takes over the mind of a loved mother or father.
No matter what season of life we are in, God is there with us. David writes:
“He asked life of you; you gave it to him, length of days forever and ever.”
There is the season for work and accumulation of wealth. But when we think we have arrived, we must take a second look at the situation:
“And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?'”
Many are the souls that work hard, care for their family, accumulate goods and money in the bank, without regard to caring for their soul. It is paramount that we remember this world is not the end … as wonderful as it is, we will all perish and spend eternity somewhere. Bank accounts won’t matter there – what matters is the relationship we have with God through Jesus Christ, His Son.
We use the word “seasons” to talk about various holidays and celebrations. In the United States, for example, we have the season of Thanksgiving, a day when we recall those first settlers from Europe who endured hardships and forged the basis for our country to grow. We give thanks to God for His providence in preserving and sustaining those early settlers. Often the meal centers around the Thanksgiving turkey! (Of course, every day should be a day of thanksgiving, not just one time per year!)
On the heals of Thanksgiving we have the season of Christmas, the time we celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a time to focus on the advent of our Lord, the ultimate gift of God to us. The Christmas tree and representations of the nativity scene are found in many homes across the country.
A sweet description of the season of the blessed life is found in the very first psalm in Scripture. David, in speaking of the man who walks in the counsel of God, says:
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”
God is in all our seasons. He is the one who gives us life and breath. He gives us security when we follow Him and walk in His Ways. This verse does not mean that God promises that we will have material wealth here and now. This is not the prosperity gospel from the Old Testament.
Rather, God is speaking of prospering us in spirit, the ultimate evidence of this is the gift of Christ as our atoning sacrifice so that we can approach God in prayer and so that we will be accepted into heaven because we have been adopted by God into the family of the Lord. Adoption as a child of God is true prosperity and security.
Father, thank You for giving me the security of being a child in Your family. I love You and praise my Lord and Savior for all that He has done. Help me to see Your Hand in all the seasons of my life and may I live each day You give to me to the honor and glory of Your name. I can only do that through the power of Your Son, and my Savior.