There seems to be one constant in life and that is change. Solomon worded this so beautifully in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. “A time to be born and a time to die.” (ESV) Opposites, contrasts, change. Verses 2-8 are examples of the truth Solomon sets forth in verse 1 – “For every thing there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (ESV)
God’s sovereign purposes are being carried out every day in our lives. Those purposes are encapsulated in seasons which translate into change. What mattered to me in grade school ceases to be life changing in high school. That’s OK. The same is true in our adult lives. There are seasons of friendship, employment, worship, and family each purposely placed by God.
People ebb in and out of our lives under the winds of God’s sovereignty. We encounter seasons of prosperity and loss, each crafted to bring glory to God. As we fully understand and embrace these times allotted to us we cease to live in the “better” days of the past and embrace the sovereignty of God’s “now.”
I see this in the life of the local church. There is a time for things to be birthed and time for things to die. The direction of the past is not necessarily the direction of the present. It becomes our responsibility to discern God’s will for today and embrace it, receiving the joy that follows. This majestic, all-powerful God has a plan that cannot be thwarted! Let us all make sure we are properly discerning the season!