Summary: Some seasons we hit the ball over the fence, some seasons we strike out horribly. This message is for those who feel like they have missed their season. David did twice, once led to adultery, and once almost led to his death. Don't miss your season.
Times and Seasons 2
Counsel for a season of striking out.
PPT 1 Series Title
Last week we began a new series on Times and Seasons and I gave 3 main points I will briefly recap them before we get into todays message.
PPT 2 Summary points
1. In order to step into a new season of life we often have to be stripped of the last.
Farmers plow under last years crop, before planting this years.
A baseball catcher cannot become a batter until he first removes his catchers uniform.
God will often take things away before He puts new things on us.
2. Comparison of your season with someone else's can kill contentment in your life.
Be content with such things as you have, comparison kills contentment!
3. The future is clear to God, and fuzzy to us. So it's best to trust the One Who knows.
Ec 7:13 Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?
Ec 7:14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.
The weather service has a computer that can do 232 trillion operations a second and it cannot tell the weather a month out. God knows the end from the beginning.
Counsel for a season of striking out. Some times in life we get up to the plate and all we do is whiff at the ball. Let me show you some examples of those who swung at their season and completely missed it:
1. Be Careful not to miss your season
The opportunity of a lifetime is only good for the lifetime of the opportunity.
The Jews did twice
PPT 4-7 Scriptures
Nu 14:1 Then all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night.
Nu 14:2 And all the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, "Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness!
Nu 14:3 "And why is the LORD bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become plunder; would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?"
Nu 14:22 "Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My signs, which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice,
Nu 14:23 shall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it.
Nu 14:39 And when Moses spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, the people mourned greatly.
Nu 14:40 In the morning, however, they rose up early and went up to the ridge of the hill country, saying, "Here we are; we have indeed sinned, but we will go up to the place which the LORD has promised."
Nu 14:41 But Moses said, "Why then are you transgressing the commandment of the LORD, when it will not succeed?
Nu 14:42 "Do not go up, lest you be struck down before your enemies, for the LORD is not among you.
Nu 14:43 "For the Amalekites and the Canaanites will be there in front of you, and you will fall by the sword, inasmuch as you have turned back from following the LORD. And the LORD will not be with you."
Nu 14:44 But they went up heedlessly to the ridge of the hill country; neither the ark of the covenant of the LORD nor Moses left the camp.
Nu 14:45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down, and struck them and beat them down as far as Hormah.
So the first time they missed they failed to step into something when they were supposed to, and the second time they tried to step into something when they weren't supposed to. The exact same event on one day, it was right to do and on another it was wrong. The season had changed and the Jews kept doing the wrong thing at the right time or the right thing at the wrong time!
David did twice:
First his missed his season by not going out to battle at the time of battle:
PPT 8 scripture
1Ch 20:1 Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out [to battle,] that Joab led out the army and ravaged the land of the sons of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. And Joab struck Rabbah and overthrew it.
It was in this season of missing his appointed activity that David committed adultery. We should never take lightly missing our season! Second he missed his season by going out to battle when he should have stayed home.