Season’s changing? Move on
There are no seasons in Singapore, but it does not take much for us to get that we can’t survive a winter on summer garb. Being aware of the season can save us from frostbites and drippy noses.
We, too, go through seasons in our lives — seasons when we take on different spiritual climates. Some we go into knowing all too well what to do, others can catch us off guard, leaving us on our toes. Like our country’s haze condition, some come and go at expected times of the year, others drag on longer than we would like. Be rest assured though, that seasons are acts of God’s mercy.
Take the children of Israel for example. Some seasons they entered in were results of disobedience and a series of bad decisions. But God had never failed Israel, whether their seasons lasted a day, a year, or hundreds of years. Here’s a primer on how to deal with our seasons, but, first, stick this advice: Move on.
Don’t make your season a permanent address
Egypt was a temporary pit stop for the children of Israel on their way to the promise land. It was a season, but Israel’s mistake was that they made their temporary season a permanent address.
If Pharaoh had not persecuted Israel by forcing them into hard labour and killing their first-born sons, they might never have left. And Israel would have missed their destiny.
Growing pains: Useless to get bitter by it
For the children of Israel, the ‘exodus’ — the moving out — was a season and was God’s protection. Like them, our seasons of comfort may be followed by seasons of pain, but do not be discouraged because it is a sign of growth.
Instead of getting bitter with the growing pains, let the pain prepare you for the next season as God works on you like a smith refining raw gold in the crucible.
If Joseph had not survived the desolation, pain and betrayal of the pit and the jail cell, he would not have survived the privilege and power of being Pharaoh’s right hand man.
A difficult season? Be spirit led
In difficult seasons, the temptation is to rely on what we see, think and feel instead of what the Holy Spirit is saying. Unfortunately the picture that we put together in our mind’s eye and heart may be just that – an illusion. Emotional deception can subconsciously creep in when we are not led by the Spirit.
Emotional deception are just that: Illusion. It is when obedience looks like bondage and rebellion looks like freedom. It is when we burn out because we are frustrated in our season. It is when insecurity prevents us from being a part of the community of believers. It is when we indulge in animalistic desires and self-gratification.
How to get out of that trap? Resist the temptation to be bitter. Walk away from dwelling in your emotions. And allow the Holy Spirit to lead and heal you.
For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
– Jeremiah 29:10-13 (KJV)
Your current situation is not your destiny, it’s only a season – let God use it to sharpen and prepare you, to launch you into the future.
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