Verses 1 thru 8 of Ecclesiastes vividly and emphatically declares that there are seasons in life. Webster’s Dictionary defines seasons as, “a time characterized by a particular circumstance or feature.” There are four set seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. In some geographical locations, the “weather” does not change, but the “season” always changes. For example, in Miami during the Winter (the season), it is hot (the weather) just as it is during the summer (the season). Likewise, spiritually, we have seasons in our lives. Seasons of trials, tests, ups, downs, sowing, reaping, defeat and victory.
As the weather began to cool, the Spirit of the Lord spoke and simply said “the season is changing.” In fact, the season has changed; Fall, or what is commonly called Autumn, is now upon us. I began to thank the Lord for the change of the season, and for the cool morning breeze. Well, that was not the heart of what the Spirit of the Lord was speaking about seasons. He began to explain that just as the natural seasons change so do the spiritual seasons, and just as He has placed the natural seasons on earth, He has also placed the spiritual seasons in our lives. In Genesis 8:22, God declares, “while the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Daniel 2:21 states, “And He changeth the times and the seasons…” It is indeed God that has set seasons in place, both naturally and spiritually.
He, the Spirit of the Lord, further explained that just as there is a gradual turning of the natural seasons, there is also a gradual turning of the spiritual seasons in our lives. We do not transition from a summer day to a cold day – first the mornings cool, then the evenings cool, and then the entire day is cool and we find ourselves in the season of Fall. Likewise, we do not move from a trial immediately to victory – there is a process, a gradual change and that change takes place within us.
The Holy Spirit warns, however, that the enemy wages war against us when it is time for a seasonal change in our lives. He wages war against our minds, he uses our weaknesses against us, and he also uses those close to us to inflict hurt and pain. The enemy knows that change for most of us is difficult. He knows that we are comfortable with the familiar, so he makes it more difficult for us when God is causing a season of change in our lives.
How do we get through our spiritual seasons? We know how to get through seasons of joy, peace, good health and victory. We know how to shout hallelujah on the mountain top, but it’s those seasons of trials and testings that we find difficult to get through. We must remember that God ordained the seasons, and there will always be seasons in our lives, and remember that it is just a season – it will change. God Almighty designed it that way.
Psalm 16:7 reads, “I will bless the Lord who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.” It is interesting that David would call this time of trouble in his life, “night seasons;” a time of darkness, perhaps caused by disappointment, attacks, etc. David shows us what to do during a night season. He said, “I will bless the Lord.” Why? Because, “He guides me. Even at night my heart instructs me.” David is saying, during his night seasons, his heart will instruct him. David’s heart can instruct him because he has done Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Knowing and believing what the Word of God says about whatever season we are facing takes us through the season. Knowing that the Word of God says, “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5); “…let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season, we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9). If we don’t faint, it will change. We need to understand that “due season” is God’s time – not our time.
We have to be faithful to God in whatever season we find ourselves. Paul stated in Philippians 4:11 that, “…I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” We have to “learn” to do the same. I believe what Paul learned was that it was just a season and it will change. Paul told Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2, “…to be ready in season and out of season…” We too need to be ready with the Word of God in our season of victory and our season of testing.