Summary: There is a Season for Everything
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” – Ecclesiastes 3:1
You see we serve a God of season. We see it in creation. God created the four seasons that are based upon the rotation of the Earth as it orbits the Sun. The seasons change as the earth moves, but the sun in our planetary system remains constant, and everything revolves around it.
In many ways we see the signature of the same artist in our lives. Much like the earth, our lives should revolve around the Son, Jesus Christ. Our lives will change, and we will enter and exit many seasons, but the Son remains constant yesterday, today and forever.
Just like we said earlier, we serve a God of seasons. But God doesn’t measure seasons with clocks and calendars, but through truth and revelation. Whenever God gives you a fresh Word, you’ve just stepped into a new season.
But just like our Scripture verse says, to everything there is a season. Every aspect of our lives is as to a season. And there is a purpose for those seasons. There is a reason for the season. There is a purpose for the process.
There are seasons you didn’t want to go through. But through those seasons you learned some things. And you wouldn’t have learned them if hadn’t gone through some things.
There are seasons you’ve gone through, that you don’t know why you had to. But there is a reason for that season.
And just because you are going through some stuff, or have gone through a rough season, doesn’t mean God is finished with you because “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” It’s not just any old work, but a good work. You’ve just stepped into a new season.
Let’s take a quick glance at the life of one disciple that I believe almost everybody can identify with. Peter went through some seasons in his life. And as we look at Peter’s life, we will discuss three key principles about stepping into a new season.
1. Stepping into a new season brings NEW CHANGES
Change is inevitable. It’s going to happen. We look outside at the world around us and notice things are different today than they were 10 years ago, last year or even yesterday. But remember we serve a God of seasons. Even in His creation, He created the seasons. And each season is different than the others. Some are meant for things to grow, and others for things to die off. Hello, anybody. In some seasons the days are longer, in others the night.
Sometimes it seems your days, your mountaintop experiences with God last a long time, but then there are those seasons when the nighttime seems as if it will never end. In those long nights when the tears seem like they will never stop flowing, but it might have taken a little longer in some seasons than others, but the morning did come, and the tears ceased and joy returned to your spirit.
But God gives us revelations and truths to propel us into new and different seasons. Why? Because we are creatures of habit and if He didn’t change things we would become complacent in one place.
In NY, I looked forward to the Spring season every year. And if I were up to me it would be spring all year long. But the seasons had to change. Looking at Peter, he entered into a new season when Jesus called him to follow.
“And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him.” – Matthew 4:18-20
One-day Peter was just an ordinary fisherman, until, Jesus came walking by. And when Jesus gave Peter the word, his life was changed.
Jesus said follow me and I will make you. Peter stepped into a new season, and was changed. He was made into, transformed, from a nobody to a somebody. In other words, Jesus was going to make something Peter wasn’t before. There was more than just a change in vocation that occurred in Peter, but an inward change took place.
The word “make” in the Greek can also be translated “sprout forth”. There is a miracle in you. And the seasons in your life have served a purpose to nurture that seed, and now, today, you have stepped into a new season in which that miracle is about to sprout forth.
2. Stepping into a new season brings NEW CHALLENGES
There is no doubt that when Peter was called to follow Jesus that he was faced not only with many changes in his life, but many challenges.