Just like we have seasonal changes in the natural we also have seasons of change in our walk with God. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Though seasons in our life change – God’s truth remains; His Word will not pass away. When God speaks it is sealed in Heaven; we can be sure of it, we can depend on Him!
One of the greatest obstacles Christians face is when they do not recognize the season they are in.
If a Christian is in a spiritual winter season and becomes nervous because there does not seem to be any fruit appearing in their life, they may commit to new ministries in order to force themselves to produce fruit. No matter how hard they try, they won’t produce fruit until God produces it in them. But what is worse is sometimes they blame God for the lack of fruit! I can not tell you how many times I’ve heard “I did everything right but God did not come through.”
God does not fail; we fail to recognize our seasons and we fail to work with God in what He is doing in our life.
Just like the natural seasons we go through; we go through spiritual seasons as well.
During our Spiritual Springtime we are to look for the leading of God in new activities and ventures into new opportunities. In our Spiritual Summer we need to take the time for spiritual development and fruit bearing. During our Spiritual Fall we may be feeling a need to return to the basics of our relationship with God, or a new commitment to the spiritual disciplines of fasting, praying, solitude, individual worship, and devotion; things which in themselves seem to produce little fruit but are essential for our Christian walk. Lastly, there is winter – Spiritual Winter is the most uncomfortable time for many Christians. In our society we tend to value people based on how much they produce. This “work equals value” culture is not godly and it is wrong to applaud people who are over committed as much as it is wrong to applaud people who are under committed.
God values people – not works and we should too. Spiritual winter is like the Sabbath rest. God instructed people to keep the rest holy to God and reflect on the things which God had done for them. God says in Leviticus 23:27 we must “deny” (NIV) or “afflict” (KJV) ourselves when observing the Sabbath. What should we deny? Whatever keeps our minds from reflecting on God’s good deeds and keeping a holy attitude before Him.
As you work unto the Lord and most importantly once you work or rest according to the season you are currently in, you will maximize your spiritual growth and your production of spiritual fruit. Some may feel they do not know how to hear God concerning the season they are in, however, John 2:20 plainly declares ALL believers have an anointing from God which provides them with insight of God’s will for their lives. Our responsibility is to spend time in prayer and even fasting to seek Him for His will in the season we are in.