My favorite seasons are fall and spring because I love the change of temperature that comes with each one, as well as the changing of leaves in the fall and the blooming of trees in the spring.
But even though I most enjoy fall and spring, I still appreciate the other seasons of the year and the uniqueness of each one. I love the beauty of the snowfall in the winter and the length of the sunlight in the summer. I see the value in each season of the year and can appreciate each one.
It’s the same way with seasons of life. We go through different seasons of life, and we enjoy some seasons more than others. But we can come to appreciate all seasons of life as we understand how God works in every season.
I’ve been studying the life of Moses, and in Exodus 1 and 2, I noticed six seasons of life.
The Delightful Seasons (Exodus 1:1-7)
The delightful seasons are those times when things are going great and we see God’s blessing on our lives.
God uses these delightful seasons to remind us of His lovingkindness. Our response should be: give thanks. Enjoy His blessings and remember that He is the source of those blessings.
The Difficult Seasons (Exodus 1:8-14)
The difficult seasons of life are just that – difficult. It may be because of illness, loss, financial struggles, a family situation, a difficult relationship. As hard as this season is, God is still at work.
God uses the difficult seasons to remind us of His sufficiency. Our response should be: draw from His strength, not our own.We realize we are not adequate to handle this on our own, and He reminds us that He is sufficient for anything we face.
The Dangerous Seasons (Exodus 1:15-2:10)
We are definitely in a season where the world is more dangerous – terrorist attacks, ISIS, persecution of Christians, even walking down our own streets.
God uses the dangerous seasons to remind us of His sovereignty. Our response should be: rest in His sovereignty. No matter how bad it gets, He is still ultimately in control and will use all of this for good in some way.
The Disobedient Seasons (Exodus 2:11-14)
The seasons of disobedience may only last for a moment, if we deal with the sin immediately. Or the season may last for days, weeks, months, or years if we don’t confess and repent. I went through a season of disobedience for two and a half years at LSU. But I have had shorter seasons of disobedience since then. We sin daily, but the key is dealing with it immediately. Those seasons last for as long as we refuse to confess and repent.
God uses the disobedient seasons to remind us of His mercy and forgiveness. Our response should be: confess and repent.
The Desert Seasons (Exodus 2:15-22)
The desert seasons are those dry times in our lives, when we feel empty, discouraged, and distant from God, wondering if He has forgotten us or if He is even listening to our prayers. Sometimes these seasons are a result of sin. Sometimes they follow failure. But other times, we don’t know why we’re in a desert season. The desert seasons aren’t wasted time, but time of preparation for the next chapter of our lives.
God uses the desert seasons to remind us of His faithfulness. Even though it seems that God is silent and has forgotten us, and we don’t feel God’s hand at work, He is faithfully working in ways we can’t see. Our response should be: walk by faith, not by sight.
The Desperate Seasons (Exodus 2:23-25)
The desperate seasons are those times when we feel we have no hope. We are at our lowest low, the end of our rope.
God uses these desperate seasons to remind us of His Presence. We are never alone. He has not forgotten us. He hears us. He sees us. He is very much aware of everything going on in our lives. He is present with us, even though we may not feel it. Our response should be: Cry out to Him. He is our hope when we feel we have no hope.
Embrace every season of life, because God is at work in each one.
- In the delightful seasons – He refreshes us.
- In the difficult seasons – He strengthens us.
- In the dangerous seasons – He controls what happens.
- In the disobedient seasons – He convicts us.
- In the desert seasons – He prepares us.
- In the desperate seasons – He sustains us.
What season of life are you in today? Embrace it!
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