Several weeks ago, on Father’s Day, my Pastor began a series titled, “God’s Mandate for God’s Men.” It was intended to be a supplement to a series Co-Pastor began on Mother’s Day, titled: “Significant Wisdom for Significant Women.” For this series he used Psalm 1 as his sermonic text. Psalm 1 is a very short, yet very familiar passage of scripture. In fact, I presume anyone who’s spent a significant amount of time in church or in private study has considered this passage on several occasions in several translations.
Though I’ve read this passage several times in my own private time, and heard several sermons preached with it as the focus, something struck me when Pastor got down to verse 3:
“…He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper” [Psalm 1 NKJV]
On several occasions in scripture, we see the connection between those who are obedient to God and the abiding favor of God. But for some reason, at this time in my life, this particular occurrence stands out in front of the rest. The author of this passage promises anyone who delights in the law of the Lord that they WILL bear fruit… in season. Furthermore, not only will they be fruitful, but they will experience success in everything they purpose themselves to do.
Without being unnecessarily transparent, I will share with you that my life is changing fast! And there are several opportunities ahead, and many doors that are opening that won’t yield a harvest for some time. I’m aware of God’s promise to the faithful [Matthew 25:21], and while that boosts my morale, it does nothing for my depleting resources.
Consider for a moment the word, “season.” How many times have you heard it used in poor context???? “This is your season to ‘name it and claim it…’ to ‘speak it and see it!'” Or what about “it’s your season to trust God… your time to stand on His promises.” Well… even though we understand their intent, as Christians, we need ALWAYS live, work, pray and make decisions in faith. Let’s consider the definition of the word, “season”:
1. A period of the year when something is best or available
2. A period of the year marked by certain conditions
3. A suitable, proper, fitting, or right time
When we consider the working definition of the word, “season,” we notice 2 things: First, we expect seasons to change. Secondly, the change of season can be unpredictable. Those of us who live in New England understand that you can be in shorts on Monday, but in need of a winter coat on Tuesday.
In Isaiah, chapters 47 & 48, He prophesied that Israel’s LONG season of servitude and captivity in Babylon would soon come to a close. A season that began as consequence for Israel’s disobedience would give way to a season of restoration and liberty. However, this miraculous change could only occur at the appointed time.
I will close with the following: each of us was gifted of God with a specific set of skills and talents. Before we were born, God designed a very special plan for our lives. For our benefit, that plan is designed in such a way that allows certain circumstances to serve as a “furnace of affliction.” Remember, Joseph learned discipline in the pit and built his character in prison… BEFORE he got to the palace! ;0)
So if you’re like me, and waiting on your hard work to bear fruit, approach the changing of seasons with 2 things:
1. Humility – The seeds you sow now WILL yield a harvest later. You determine what is planted!