Ecc 3:1-11 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”
The universe came into being exactly at the time the Lord decided. It had a beginning and it will have an ending.
There is a time and a season for the reign and ruin of the anti-Christ. There is a time and a season for the reign and rule of Jesus on earth. Even for the lesser events, there is a time and a season. There is a time and a season for each season of life. There is a time and a season for each of the appointed seasons of the year. This is in the natural.
This is a new season (this is speaking Spiritually) and we need to get ready for it. There is a time and a purpose for everything.
You may be passionate about something, but the purpose and the season are of God. Man’s efforts and desires are superseded by God. It may look like a mess to you, or a mistake, but God uses affliction to see His agenda in a stubborn life. God interrupts us. T.F. Tenney says, ‘God has this problem: He thinks He’s God.’ God has a way of rearranging and organizing perfectly and profoundly against your will.
There is a time and a season for every purpose of His. We have got to understand this wise and sovereign God of ours. We cannot put Him in a box. He has a way of getting out. He uses even evil according to His purpose. Know the will of God to understand His ways better.
We can trust God because He’s a good God. Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
You don’t have to know everything, just trust God.
It’s a new season. The Lord has appointed it. Nothing can alter the will and purpose of God.
Realize that nothing in this world is perpetual. It won’t last forever. Time has a beginning and an ending. Things come to an end. God gives a length to the season that you are in. Over 400 times in the Bible it says, ‘it came to pass.’ That means it ends!
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
He has given us peace for whatever situation you find yourself in. Our thinking must shift from the things of this world to the things that are forever: the things of God.
Col 3:2 “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
How you gonna learn how to fight until you get an enemy in your face? How do you give God glory and call Him a savior if you don’t need saving? He puts you through a season and it stinks, but a new season is coming.
I John 2:17 “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
The Word of God and the promises of God are NOT seasonal. Ecc 3:14 “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.” We can hang onto the Word of God because it is forever!
I Peter 1:24-25 “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
God has the ability to blow the whistle and say, ‘Time’s up!’ If God is saying, ‘It’s a new season,’ that means this season you are in is coming to an end. You can’t get to second base with your foot stuck on first! You have to move forward! You must say, ‘Good-bye to the old season.’ If you are embarking on something new in your life, you’ve got to let go of the traditions of yesterday, of how life has always been.
Abide in Jesus through all the seasons of life. John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”
You don’t like the shears of God? Abide in the vine and let God work His seasons in your life. Let Him have the stuff that comes and stuff that goes. Sometimes the sun is shining and sometimes all you see are clouds. If you abide in Christ, you’ll have peace.
John 15:4-8 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”
Hang onto Jesus and watch the miracle of God grow in your life.
Four seasons: 1. Abiding, and you begin to grow. Sometimes, we grow but we don’t bear any fruit, but your roots are going deeper. 2. Growing season. 3. Purging season: that’s not fun. That’s where the shears come out. 4. Bearing Fruit!
John 15:2 “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”
The purpose of the season is up to God. Much fruit, answer to prayers, bringing glory to God, it’s a new season of bearing fruit if we abide. Power and blessings, if we abide. It doesn’t come all the time.
Is 43:18-19 “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
We can’t always understand, but we can always trust.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by: Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.