Everlasting God, hallow be Thy Name. Thank You Lord for the grace of this week. It is indeed a gracious moment in Your presence. You are worthy to be glorified, there is none to be compared with Thee. Glory be to You, Father now and for ever.
Beloved, as there are seasons in nature so also we have seasons in lives. The theme of the month according to God’s divine will for us is “All- Round fruitfulness”. There are season in nature that is associated with fruitfulness which is much desirous, however, before the appearing of this season on the scene, there are, so to speak, some unpleasant season’s without which you will not have the best of harvest.
It is not desirous but it is necessary to keep you on your toes and on the track. It is interesting to know that this season appears in individual life as ordain by God. You cannot control or alter it but you can quicken the process. How? Come on for more discovery:
There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven.—Ecclesiastes 3:1
The beauty in the way God designed the four seasons is that, though each one is distinct, they all work together to bring life and growth. Spring is a period of freshness and new life. Summer sees growth and productivity. Autumn is a time for harvesting the rewards of past labors. Winter is the season of dormancy and closure. Each season has its own unique beauty and makes a significant contribution to life.
Just as God planned seasons in nature, He planned seasons in life as well. Life has its springtime, when we begin new things and look excitedly toward the future. Summer comes and we work diligently in the heat of the day at all that God has assigned to us. With autumn comes the fruition of things begun at an earlier time in our lives. Winter brings an end to a particular period in our lives. Sometimes winter brings hardship, but we remain hopeful, for another spring is just around the corner!
In God’s perfect design for our lives, He has planned for times of fruitfulness and activity. He will also build in times of quiet and rest. There will be times when He asks us to remain faithful doing the same work day after day. But there will also be periods of excitement and new beginnings. By God’s grace, we will enjoy seasons of harvesting the fruit of our faithfulness. By God’s grace we will also overcome the cold winters of heartache and grief, for without winter there would be no spring. Just as it is with the seasons of nature, these seasons in our lives work together to bring about God’s perfect will for each one of us.
Does that excite you? I don’t know the season you are dearly beloved, but I want to let you know that even if you are in autumn; God is in it with you. As painful as it might be; He will see you through. So don’t give up I will say but be focus and you will triumph at last. For in life every man has his burdens to bear, but I have also discover that the length or duration of each sessions in life depends on how close you live to your beloved ones (not in all cases), the cross, and God.
Every Man Has His Burdens
“We were completely overwhelmed, the burden was more than we could bear, I feared I would never live through it” ( St. Paul during a time of deep personal struggle.)
There are those moments in life when it is tough beyond imagination:
- · Inner fears and doubts.
- · External pressures in business, at home, with finances, or health.
- · Prayers that never seem to get answered.
- · Inner peace that remains elusive.
- · A persisting sense of spiritual coldness or dryness.
Compounding the problem is the illusion of those Teflon Christians among us where nothing seems to touch them: Smiley… victorious… impervious to pain.
However, according to Paul, “Each of us must bear some burdens of his own.“ (Galatians 6:5b)
The plain fact is that every one of us goes through times of deep personal conflict.
If this is where you are today, there may be no pat answers.
In fact, as I write, I am just coming out of one of these periods of inner battle myself. Perhaps, however, one of the following passages of Scripture may lead you toward hope and healing:
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.“ (Isaiah 43:2)
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea… Cease striving and know that I am God… “ (Psalm 46:1, 2, 10)
“Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ‘s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst of sins listed in Scripture… neither what happens today nor what may happen tomorrow… “ (Romans 8:35, 36, 38, 39 – The Message)
Even if you work in the shadow of death, fear no evil for I am with you to end of time ( Ps 23 :4 Emphasis added)
Are you smiling or you are still trying to figure it out how possible God will delivery you from this pangs and sickness? Not to worry because He is God and He is able to do abundantly, exceeding more than you can ever imagine or think about.
Glory be to God! Halleluiah! Praise God. Have a wonderful weekend, till we see next week by God’s grace.
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Evang. Ifeoma Ohondu