It’s a New Season
by Pastor Sam Livingston
One of the most intriguing things I believe is the changing of the seasons. We all experience winter, spring, summer and fall each of which has a unique flavor to it. Regardless of the season, we have learned how to make the necessary adjustment to become comfortable. When it is hot in the summer we turn on the air conditioner. When it gets cold in the winter we turn the heaters on. When it is a cool spring or fall day we open the windows and doors. Nevertheless, we have learned to adjust with the seasons of nature. Like the seasons of nature, the seasons of God (spiritual seasons) revolves as well.
The seasons of nature are predictable to some degree. We know that from spring to fall on the east coast a hurricane can brew up in the Atlantic and threaten and possibly cause catastrophic conditions up and down the coastline and travel inland as well. We know that blizzards can bruise the mid west and northern states in the winter. Experienced homeowners however are always prepared for the worst.
The book of Ecclesiastes talks about seasons in which it compares opposite ends of each season mentioned. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace (Eccl 1:1-8).
The thing that bothers me is that we go to great length to prepare for the seasons of nature but we ignore the spiritual seasons that comes and goes through our lives. We clean the shelves at Wal-mart of bread, cold cuts and bottled water in preparation for a hurricane but we neglect to memorize a scripture that would remind us during spiritual warfare that the battle is the Lords’ and not ours. The Ecclesiastical writer clearly demonstrates to us that our spiritual seasons are not forever. Just because we might be in a financial storm today does not mean that it must become a way of life for us. That storm might be our time to weep but the opposing side of that same storm is a time to laugh. People usually laugh during a time of joy and fulfillment. We must never give up in the mist of any storm because we have been commanded to hold on to the broken pieces and ride the storm out.
The challenge for us is to always be ready to embrace the spiritual storms. I was told by my grandpa a long time ago “that it is better to have an umbrella when you don’t need one than to need one and don’t have one”. What “papa” as we called him was saying had more spiritual implications than natural. As a believer, we must have a covering like that umbrella. Jesus told the Disciples to go to Jerusalem and tarry. And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts. 2:4-8).
Look carefully at what was said, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons” in other words when you get under the right covering (the Holy Ghost) it doesn’t matter what season you’re in!!!
In final, NFL, NBA, NCAA or the WNBA and all other teams end the season with winners and losers but the next season they all start out the same. Just because the adversary deceived you to fall for the temptation, the air that you are breathing indicates that you still have another season on the way.
Pinch yourself and say “It’s a new season and I’m covered!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Pastor Sam Livingston is a seasoned pastor, lecturer, teacher and Author of “The Essentials of Fellowship”. He is married to Meraldine Hicks Livingston and blessed to have two children, Sammy K Livingston Jr. and Candace I Livingston. Pastor Livingston is a graduate of NC A&T State University; B.S., Webster University; Business Administration, MA and he is a student at Luther Rice Seminary’s Master of Divinity program. Total Package Ministry airs via television bi-weekly throughout Coastal South Carolina. He thanks God for the opportunity to carry the healing ministry to a hurting nation.