King Solomon told us that seasons change and there is a time for one thing and later a time for something else.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Solomon goes on to list time for birth and death, planting and pulling up, killing and healing, demolishing and building, weeping and laughing, sorrow and joy, getting and losing, keeping and purging, silence and speech, love and hate, and war and peace.
Since there is a time for one and later a time for the other, then the times change. The season for sowing changes to a season for reaping. The season of youth gives way to the season of mature adulthood.
Seasons not only change in the natural world, but also in the spiritual world, which governs how things turn out on earth. The Bible reveals that people could tune into the spiritual season and know how to act based on that insight.
“Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai, saying: Is it a time for you to build your panelled houses, while the Lord’s house is in ruins?” Haggai 1:3,4
“Of Issachar, men who understood the times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command.” 1Chronicles 12:32
“Elisha challenged him, Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and olive yards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants?” 2Kings 5:26
Jesus was aware of God’s timing and it had significance in His ministry. When his mother wanted Him to do a miracle He replied that His time had not yet arrived.
“Woman, why does this concern us? Jesus replied. My hour has not yet come.” John 2:4
“Jesus went into Galilee and proclaimed the gospel of God. He said, The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the gospel!” Mark 1:14,15
“They tried to seize Jesus, but no one laid a hand on Him, because His hour had not yet come.” John 7:30
Before Jerusalem was overrun by the Babylonians nearly 600 years before Christ, people in the city were preparing for long term living in the city. They did not accept that the time of destruction was close.
Jesus later warned people to look for the signs of the times and another destruction of Jerusalem.
“When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is approaching.” Luke 21:20
“When ye see these things come to pass, know that the kingdom of God is close at hand.” Luke 21:31
It is very helpful to know the times and seasons we are in. So let me point out to you some things that are part of this season on the earth.
We live in the New Testament age. It is also called the ‘Last Days’. It is a time when people can put their faith in Jesus Christ for forgiveness and salvation. It is a temporary season, even though it has been open for two thousand years. There will come a close to this season, and a closing to a time of repentance and forgiveness.
“The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.” Acts 17:30
It is also the season of the Holy Spirit’s ministry in our lives. Prophet Joel foretold the Holy Spirit being poured out on believers, as started on the Day of Pentecost.
“It will come to pass in the last days, says God, I will pour out of my Spirit on all flesh: and your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams.” Acts 2:17
With our salvation, being forgiven and adopted into God’s family as His sons, and with the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit active in our lives, another part of this season is worship of God.
Jesus explained this to a Samaritan woman who he led to faith when she came to draw water from the town well.
“The hour has come and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” John 4:23
The Jewish religion involved people worshipping God with animal sacrifices and rituals. Now, with the Holy Spirit in our lives we are to worship God in our hearts, with our life aligned to God and His glory.
After Jesus rose from the dead He returned to heaven and He awaits another special time for His return, which the Bible speaks about in several places.
“Heaven must keep Jesus until the time for restoring all things that God spoke about by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.” Acts 3:21
Friends, your natural life will continue to go through natural seasons, from childhood to youth, maturity, family life and older age. You will have seasons of prosperity and sunny seasons, and also stormy seasons of heartache and challenge. You will need God’s grace to meet each of those seasons as they come.
At the same time, you are in a spiritual season that will not last forever. In this season you are to have a heart of repentance before God, putting your faith in Christ for salvation, living in the power of the Holy Spirit and glorifying God with the Holy Spirit’s help.
This is a wonderful hour in which to live. It is far more wonderful than the past seasons. And it prepares us and leads us into a yet more wonderful season in God’s presence forever.
I urge you not to be distracted by the temporary and changeable things of this life, but to be anchored in and alive to all the wonderful things that are yours in this hour. Friends, be alive to God and enjoy full salvation and the power of the Holy Spirit, for This Hour Has Come.