Thriving Devotional - May 21, 2020

For Everything a Season

Consider what the writer of Ecclesiastes wrote:

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.

A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.

A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up.

A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.

A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away.

A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away.

A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak.

A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace. (Eccl. 3:1-8, NLT)

This is a marvelous time of year. It feels like every day is a miracle as we watch things spring to life before our eyes. That’s what happens in the season of spring. But spring is just one of the seasons. Living where we do, we know what it’s like to continually be adjusting to the season we are in. (And sometimes we can experience more than one season in a day!)

The wisdom of this well-known passage from Ecclesiastes isn’t to just buckle under and give in to a fatalistic view of life. It’s to recognize the reality of seasons in our lives, and to surrender our hearts and our wills to the God who holds it all in his unfathomable wisdom. This, in contrast to what I struggle with in my own life: trying to control the seasons myself. Author Pete Scazzero admits, “I can barely trust the GPS on my phone!”

We are living in a hard season right now, and God desires to use it to produce mature fruit in you. Please don’t miss the opportunity to surrender yourself to God in it, even as we yearn for an end to it.

The writer of Ecclesiastes goes on in chapter 3: “God has made everything beautiful in its time.” That’s not to say that everything hard is actually good, but that God can make a place for even the hardest things in the intricate story he is telling in each of us, and in our life together.

Friends, remember that God is walking with you in this season, and God wants to produce miraculously mature fruit in you, and in us.

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