October 2019


Dr. Andrea Oates

Death. Transition. Sorrow. Grief. Betrayal. Rejection. Abandonment. Hatred. War. Living life seems to bring the worst of times. In the midst of trials, it seems that the hurt, pain, and confusion will never end. But God has promised in His Word that we can look forward to better times. In essence, trouble won’t last always. This too shall pass.

In the Word, God revealed that seedtime and harvest will go on forever. In agriculture, there is a time to sow and a time to reap that which was sown. The reference to farming alludes to the concept of seasons. Seasons are cycles of time in which the world goes through transitions. Each is characterized by their own
unique climates and conditions.

Spring is a season of refreshing and renewal. It is a time when the earth is saturated with the abundance of rain. Summer is a warm time when the abundance of light floods the earth. Therefore, we see things growing and flourishing into maturity in spring and summer months. Fall, however, represents a time of intense transition. Typically, the rain and light of the sun recede to give way for change. This season begins with the peak of maturity and becomes the first stages of decline. Leaves and flowers once at full bloom are now withering and falling to the ground. Lastly, winter is cold and sharp. It is filled with overcast days where it seems that the sun refuses to shine and the rain that would refresh the earth is in the form of ice. The fruits of harvest are long gone and there is no visible evidence of hope for the future.

Life presents us, also, with seasons (or cycles) of ups and downs. King Solomon-the one filled with the limitless wisdom of God-revealed that there is a season and a time for everything. Although we hate it, trying times are a part of life. God didn’t ordain them. It was not in His perfect will. However, as long as we are in the earth, they will come. But our hope rests in our merciful God. He promised, essentially, that even though you have tough times, better times are on the way. Death gives way to the blessedness of newness. Transition gives way to security and stability. Sorrow and grief eventually fade. Then joy and dancing will break forth. Betrayal, rejection, and abandonment ultimately lead to strengthened bonds and new relationships. And although there are times of hatred and war, the seasons and times of life will make room for love and peace. In God’s redemptive plan, He made sure that we would not be overcome with evil.

The good news is that times and seasons are in the hands of our loving Sovereign God. We cannot control them. Our job is to simply go through them! We are encouraged to handle hard conditions as good soldiers of Christ. Soldiers know that tough times are a part of war. So they prepare for it. And when they are going through battles, they stay focused on the end result-victory! Therefore, we can acknowledge the current trials we are going through, but we are not to faint, give up, nor quit. Quitting is not an option. In fact, the Word declares that if you quit during adversity, your strength is small. But we have been given the gift of patience-the power to outlast anything that we go through. We do so with the joy of the Lord, which is our strength. We can have joy because we know that this too shall pass. Weeping may endure for a night (a time of intense darkness), but the Light of the Sun of God will shine. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed.

Jesus went through the same tests and trials of life. He overcame the betrayal, shame, abandonment, rejection, and false accusations that we all encounter. He was so severely distressed in the Garden of Gethsemane that he even sweated drops of blood. The Word revealed that He even despised the shame that He endured. But He persevered and went through that season. Because He didn’t give up in the midst of His trying time, He is seated at the right hand of God and has received a Name above every name. Now, at the Name of Jesus, every knee must bow and confess that He is Lord. His new season ushered in promotion. And because of Jesus, we have abundant life no matter what season we are in. In Him, we always have the victory. As He is, so are we in this world.

Be encouraged! Keep moving forward. Go through and hold on. Don’t give up. It is always darkest before light begins to break forth. Arise and shine looking forward to a new dawn. And before you know it, your new season of promotion has come. It’s always too soon to give up when you’re a child of God. Why? Because this too shall pass. Be blessed. MEDITATION SCRIPTURES: Ecclesiastes 3