Seasons of Our Lives
Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. We can all understand that there are different Seasons of Our Lives. There is also a time for everything in our lives. This Scripture in Ecclesiastes states that very well.
As there are seasons of the year: spring, summer, fall and winter, we all go through seasons in our lives. The seasons of the year were part of God’s plan from the beginning of creation as we see in this Scripture in Genesis 1:14-15 which tells us, “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.”
SPRING is a time for planning and planting. Maybe you plant a garden or a flower bed. You may plan your vacation, wedding or some event that will take place in the future. It is a time for hope, new beginnings and looking forward for what is to come.
I really love the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection at Easter in the spring. John 11:25 reminds us, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”
SUMMER is a time for fun, cookouts, vacations, weddings, beach trips, and births; these are times in our lives when we are celebrating the good things and blessings that God has brought into our lives. It is a time of joy and a time to harvest the crops that we planted in spring like this Scripture talks about. Proverbs 10:5 tells us, “He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.”
FALL may be a time of letting go of something or someone, maybe the people that we love most in our lives. I love when the leaves on the trees change colors to beautiful colors of gold, rust, and orange. But eventually, as we have to learn to let go, the trees have to let go of their leaves. This may be a time of sadness. We have to learn to lean on God for strength to get through these times in our lives.
One of the highlights of fall is the celebration of Thanksgiving. It is a time when families get together and celebrate with one another. It gives us a chance to offer thanks to God for all His blessings like this Scripture says. Psalm 100:4 reminds us, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
WINTER of our lives may represent a death, a divorce, a serious illness. It is a time of sorrow. These are cold dark times in our lives, but with God’s help we can get through them and then it is spring again and He brings hope back into our lives. One thing that I love about winter, which helps to brighten those cold, dark, dreary days, is the celebration of Jesus’ birth during the Christmas holidays.
This Scripture reminds us that as long as the earth exists these seasons will remain. Genesis 8:22 tells us, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
No matter what season of your life you are in God is there for you. He is there when you are celebrating something in your life and you are happy. He is also there when you are letting go or mourning something in your life and you are sad.
Sometimes when we are going through the tough times we can feel His presence even more. I am not sure whether it is because He knows we need Him or because we realize in those times that we need Him. Reach out to God and He will help you get through whatever season you are in.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Things to think about:
- What season of life are you in?
- What is your favorite season of the year? Why?
- If you could turn back the calender to any time in your life when would it be?
- What season of your life are you looking forward to?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for this Scripture that reminds of that there is a season for everything in our lives. Help us to navigate the season that we are currently in. Help us to look forward to the good things in life. Help us to get through the tough times in life. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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About the Book:
The Book of Philippians: Paul’s Letter to Philippi is a Daily Bible Reading study of the book of Philippians by Deborah H. Bateman. The book of Philippians is from the New Testament of the Bible and is one of the Apostle Paul’s letters. In the book of Philippians Paul encourages the saints at Philippi to be strong in their faith, to stand fast in the Lord, and to be content in Christ.
Paul loved the Philippians and it shows in his writing to them. Paul knew that they loved him as well. The Philippians showed their love for Paul by supporting his ministry.
Paul would never forget the Philippians because of the way they cared for him when he ministered to them. They would always have a special place in his heart.
Paul wanted the best for the Philippians. He wanted to make sure they never let anybody steer them in the wrong direction. He wanted them to stay on course and do the things he had taught them whether he was with them or not.
The Book of Philippians: Paul’s Letter to Philippi contains ten Daily Bible Reading lessons. Each lesson consists of a brief commentary, the Daily Bible Reading Scripture, several questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer for the day to go along with the lesson. This is a great Bible study for individual daily devotions or for a group Bible study.
For those of you interested in Bible journaling, may I suggest you pick your favorite Bible verse from each lesson and journal about it. This will be a great reminder of the lessons you learn as you read and study this book.
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