Seasons

Text: Ecclesiastes 3:1-7

We understand that there are seasons and that there is a time to every purpose.

Promise of Seasons

  • Seasons can feel haphazard
    • Jesus comforted his disciples many times before his death, burial, resurrection, and ascension to be comforted, to remember his words. John 13:19, 14:29
    • Surprises like unexpected illness or death.  Suddenly you’ve entered the season that says verse 2 there is a time to die.
    • If the status quo is happy, then why rock the boat?
    • You might say you don’t like surprises; that depends on what kind of surprise it is.
    • There is comfort in knowing what season you’re and in fact you can plan, like a farmer when you’re familiar with the season. – Jesus Christ reprimanded the Pharisees for being able to discern the seasons in creation, but unable to understand spiritual seasons.
    • Seasons don’t catch God by surprise.
  • Be careful how you judge someone else’s or even your own season – God deals with people personally.  What may look to you like judgment is preparation for greater fruit bearing than you could imagine.  Remember Jesus on the cross and it says they wagged their heads at him and mocked him.  Unbelief will make you a scoffer; be careful.

Purpose of Seasons

  • Season describes the time it takes to accomplish a purpose
    • Time to be born – 9 months after conception, time to die, when the spirit returns to God and the soul is separated from the body, time to….
  • Proof is made from season to season
    • Wheat and tares – things are revealed for what they are.  Sometimes things look like one thing at an early age, but grow up to be completely different.  The thing that proves them is time.
    • Paul told Timothy to let the younger men be proved first.  What’s that?  That’s time and seasons doing their work on a young man to reveal strengths and weaknesses.
    • Purging follows proof
  • Growth can only occur by changing season to season
    • Personal Application.  If there aren’t seasons, there hasn’t been growth.
    • God is going to use the season you’re in to minister to someone else going through that season.  These verses 1-9 are the 28 purposes of life (kind of like the moon’s 28 phases) that are lessons learned and passed on to others.  Purposes you will teach your children.  Purposes you will help a brother or sister through
    • If it were cold and snowy all the time you couldn’t ever plant and therefore couldn’t grow crops.
    • If you wonder why a transition is taking place it is because God is accomplishing a purpose.  We can become too focussed on the particular season and lose sight of the God of the season.
    • Growth requires seasons – children who never change take an extra toll on their parents.
    • Does that mean something that has grown to a certain maturity will not get a disease and die? No.
    • Seasons express balance in a fallen world
  • Seasons determine the tools you use
  • If you went out and disked during harvest you might ruin more crops than you’d harvest.

Preaching and Seasons

  • Preaching has no season – 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.