By Pastor Joe Balaan
The season always changes and if there is something constant, it is change. What can change do to a season? In Proverbs 1:2, it says “Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!” When I first read this, I was aghast as it was written by King Solomon, the most intelligent and most powerful in the history if the world. So is everything in his life not enough that he wrote these lines? I was puzzled by this. Life under the sun. We always read those words in this book. The book of Ecclesiastes is written for ordinary people, far from the reality of heaven above.
In Ecclesiates 3:1-11, it says, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate time for war and a time for peace." if we really look at these verses, God is telling Solomon that everything we see in the physical world has a season. The season is the condition God created for us to live. Although Solomon did not see everything that his people do on a daily basis, he is referring to their background, their season, their context of living. Each one has their own lives but their context of living is all the same. Seasons can either be short or long and this shapes our character.
In this age of computers and technology, everything is at the tip of our fingertips. This is our season. But why are there more intelligent people before, when they went to the library to read?
Seasons show your character. It is beautiful because it moulds us. It may change us for the better or it can change us for the worse., depending on the choices we make. You have to roll with the tide. You cannot stop the season even if you pray for it. Sometimes we are so busy looking at the problem that we do not notice the season anymore. We are in the end times. And you cannot pray to God to end the earthquakes, but you can thank Him because He is coming soon.
Psalm 90:12 says “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” We have to learn how to use our time worthily and not waste it on feeble things. That is what the Lord is saying.
Philippians 3:13 says “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” So what are we supposed to forget? Our failures, our successes, our worldly pleasures.
Seasons introduce Jesus Christ to our lives. John 15:15 “I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.”
Our purpose should be in line with God’s purpose for our life. Ecclesiastes 2:12-14 says “So I decided to compare wisdom with foolishness and madness (for who can do this better than I, the king? ). I thought, “Wisdom is better than foolishness, just as light is better than darkness.” So it is important that we not only know the season but also then purpose of it. God has revealed this to us and we should know it. It is God's perspective so we should not be led astray
If we only allow god to work in our lives, then that is the only time we will understand that He has made everything beautiful in His time.