I am in awe of how our Lord employs His times and seasons in our lives. He recently impressed upon me the key to understanding His timing and season in our lives is submission, obedience and discernment. Submission, obedience and discernment are all significant subjects and many books have been written about this, and hence, it cannot be adequately covered and discussed in a few blog posts. I will endeavor by His grace to communicate what He has revealed to me and pray He will minister to you in your journey with and through Him.
Just as we have chronological seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter) in our natural realm our Lord has planned His seasons for our lives, including where we currently reside: Country, region, location and environment. (Ephesians 1:4, Psalm 139:16). Our individual assignments are linked to His times and seasons for our lives, and are weaved into the seasons of other believers: God’s overall plans and purposes for His Church. In understanding the season we are in we are prepared to align ourselves with His timing. We are equipped to accomplish our assignments and fulfill His purposes.
In spite of sin, foolishness and Satan’s activities, in spite of knowing the truth, in spite of trials and temptations, pressure and difficulties, in spite of having more questions and not all of the answers, in every season we are faced with the questions: Would we still continue to have faith, trust, confidence, hope in our Lord and depend on Him? Would we still accept our Lord’s tools, means and methods of provision and protection for us, especially when He uses vessels of dishonor to provide for and protect us? (2 Tim. 2:20).
There are numerous examples in the Bible where our Lord had used vessels of dishonor to provide for and discipline His people. David chose to honor Saul and not retaliate in spite of Saul’s numerous attempts to kill him while he lived at Saul’s house and when he was on the run from him for 8 years. David chose to honor God and wait on Him, by submitting to the seasons (tools, means and methods), God was using to teach him. And our Lord promoted David in His appointed time.
Daniel’s season was a season of captivity for 70 years, together with the Jewish people (in response to their disobedience to God’s commandments). Our Lord had permitted Daniel’s capture and education by a heathen nation. Daniel’s season of captivity was a season of promotion to a position of great power, authority and responsibility, after Daniel had proved his faithfulness and obedience to our Lord. It was through Daniel’s study of God’s Word that he recognized God’s prophecy and His times, seasons and purposes for His people (and himself). Daniel’s response throughout his captivity was to seek the Babylonians welfare (to protect and prosper them) and submit to their authority as he was led by our Lord to do so. (Jeremiah 29:4-7).
May we never tire of doing what is good and right before our Lord because in His season we shall bring in a great harvest if we can just persist. Galatians 6:9