“What Season Is it?”
By General Pastor Peter F. Paine
May 22nd, 2011
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What are some different seasons of life? Dry seasons, planting season, growth season, reaping season, grieving season, crisis season, being thankful season, patience season, strengthening season, rebuilding season. So, my question to you today is, what season is it in your life?
When Gideon was getting ready to lead his army against the Philistines, his army was large enough that they probably could have beaten the Philistines by themselves. God had a different plan. He told Gideon that he had too many men, and that he should send most of them home, because with that many men, no one would know that God had won the battle. I’m sure Gideon wasn’t thrilled about that; he probably offered to personally let everyone know that God had won the battle, once it was over. What season was Gideon in then?
But we were talking about David. Years after facing Goliath, David was on the rooftop, and he saw a woman taking a bath nearby (that was the way they did things then, a lot of people took baths outside, but generally out of the public view). He could have turned away; he should have turned away, but he didn’t, and he entered into a season of sin, self-dependence, and a season of forgetting who he was supposed to be. Later on, though, we see that David made a change in his life.
You know I don’t preach what I think will sound good. I don’t sit and plan out, “Oh, that sounds good; that will get their attention. Oh, that’s clever, that should really impress people.” I don’t do that; I try to preach the message that God wants me to deliver. Some years ago, on a Wednesday night, I taught a study on how to be an effective testimony. After the service, I had a Navy Lieutenant tell me, “That was the most effective study on baptism I have ever heard. I need to get baptized.” I looked back through my notes, and I asked some other people who were there, I didn’t even mention baptism in that study. But he heard what he needed to hear.
Ecclesiastes says that there is a time to kill. Some of you may be thinking, “A time to kill?” Let me give you an example: If a man breaks into my house, and he has a gun… Well, if he’s just trying to take my stuff, then I would probably just let him do that. But, if he is trying to hurt my wife, well, then I might just have to kill him and take my chances with the jury.
Are you just taking life as it comes? Are you letting things go by you? Are you in a season of comfort? Do you feel that everything is fine, and that there is no need to change? Some of you may think at this point that I’m just saying this to pick on you. Believe me, if I wanted to pick on you, I could do that one-on-one. I don’t know; maybe you’re in exactly the right season. Check your season.
This isn’t Biblical, but I think it may help some of you. Imagine for a moment, a long hallway with rooms off both sides. Now that hallway represents your life, and the rooms represent situations that you have been in. Some of these rooms represent times of grieving, or hurt. Finish your business and move on. You can’t spend the rest of your life in that one room. What doors are open? I don’t mean to make light of it, I know that some of you have had tremendously painful experiences, but don’t stay there. Live in the moment that God has for you. That doesn’t mean to forget. There is a time to weep, but sooner or later, you have to move on. Make sure that you’re in the right season.
Sermon notes by Pete Shepherd