The days are growing shorter, and the temperatures are getting colder. I am one of those who enjoys the colder mornings but likes to feel the warmth of the sunshine as the day goes on. It is during these changing few weeks of the seasons that I am reminded that there is a purpose for every season (Eccl. 3:1-8). Yes, there is a time and a season for every event under heaven. Wisdom is found in knowing the season and carrying out its corresponding responsibility.
After the great flood, one of the promises made to Noah found in Genesis 8:22, we read: “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease.” The changing seasons provide a time for planting and a time for harvesting what has been planted. There is a time when we eagerly anticipate the coming of spring and a time when we look forward to an occasional “dusting” of snow. As each succeeding season gives way to the next, we marvel at the power and wisdom of God’s creation.
We also need to be assured that there are seasons of our lives, each with its own unique opportunities. Children are young but for a season and we need to seize the day and bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). Otherwise, a new season will arise, and they will be unprepared to meet its challenges. While they are young and under our instruction, we must provide examples and direction to help our children handle the changing seasons of life. We all need to realize that the value of a person’s life is not measured by our material possessions or things we accumulate, but by the treasures which we have stored up in heaven (Mt. 6:19-21). One of the best things we can pass on to the next generation is a love for God and leave them an example of faithfulness to Him.
The last season of our life will be when we pass from this life into eternity. Although that change is closer for some than others, we never know just when that time will come. Thankfully, death is not the end, as some have supposed. It is a new beginning. Just as the dormancy of winter gives way to the liveliness of spring, so also there are better things ahead for the children of God. The Bible says, “it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Heb. 9:28). The changing season from this life to the afterlife will not be a pleasant transition unless we have made the proper preparation. The same one who told us that there is a time for every event under heaven also wrote these words: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (Eccl. 12:13-14).
This changing season reminds us that this life is headed toward judgment, and we will be held accountable for how we have used the opportunities provided to us with each passing season. May God help us toward a heavenly vision and eager anticipation of that day when we will live in an unchanging season of everlasting glory.
See You Sunday!