Central Baptist Church

  The Grove, Stratford, London E15 1EN

The seasons of life

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (ESV)

In September our guest speaker, Pastor Simeon, brought us a timely message on how to cope with the different seasons of life we find ourselves going through. It was a timely word. You can listen to it on our web site if you were not in the service on that day.

Seasons are a reminder that while God is timeless we are not.

We have recently had a very good summer in the UK. The weather was warm, the sun was shining and the rain was sparse.

Yet despite the lovely nature of that season, if the rain does not return the land would turn to a desert. I am sure none of us would want that. Hence we should thank God that the season has changed and the rain has returned.

In short, seasons are what make the world a habitable place. Rain and sun, cold and hot weather are all essential for life to continue on earth. Many insects cannot survive the cold weather and many plants would not thrive in continuous hot weather. Thanks God for the seasons because they aid growth.

The same is true of our spiritual life. The good times encourage us to thank God and appreciate Him, while the hard remind us to trust God.

You should never allow the change of seasons to tempt you to take your eyes away from the fact that God still loves and cares for you. The change of season should never be a reason for you to stop worshipping God. He loves you no less in winter than He does in summer. Seasons change, God does not.

Remember – no season lasts forever. But one thing is sure. Jesus said ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’. Learn to trust the Lord and your seasons will be full of joy and peace.

Above all, the seasons remind us that this earth is a temporary abode. A wise person will learn to enjoy the journey through life no matter the season.

Keep thanking God throughout whatever season you find God taking you through, keeping serving Him in whatever way he allows you too.

The greatest service we can do the Lord is to continue to worship Him.

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