Seasons in the Life of a Church
Seasons come and go. They do not last forever. The delicate blooms of spring will grow into the greenery of summer, and the brilliant oranges, yellows and reds of fall will fade and drift into the lacey crystal flakes of winter. Though there are seasons that we wish we could hold onto permanently, they will not remain. Seasons have their appointed times and places.
In our walk with the Lord, there are seasons as well. Solomon makes reference to some of those in Ecclesiastes. When a new season comes, we must lay hold of it while it is here, whether a springtime in our soul, lovely and fruitful, or a wintery one bringing necessary change or even death to those things in us that need to be weeded out, ultimately creating a deeper dependence on our Maker.
There are seasons in the life of the church, too. When God gives us a season as a body of believers, we must seize it and take hold of it. It also is for a period of time and for a purpose. In a season of revival, it may be that God desires to show us new things, remind us of things forgotten, revive dormant areas, bring reproof for repentance, or to draw us so close to Himself that He is as close to us as our next breath. It may be a time to see the lost come to the Lord like never before, a time to press into Him, seek Him more fervently, and long for Him more deeply, and it is possible that this season is preparation for things to come.
Today, chew on these scriptures and consider: “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters…” Isaiah 55:1a “Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live…” Isaiah 55:3a “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.” Isaiah 55:6 “Therefore let all the faithful pray to You while You may be found…” Psalm 32:6a