When God Changes the Season

Michael Beck

“And He changeth the times and the seasons …” (Daniel 2:21)

While we may long for a change, we cannot rush the end of one season or the beginning of another. God is in charge of the natural seasons. We are wise when we let this be the rule of our spiritual life, knowing “to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Eccl. 3:1)

We naturally want out of unpleasant or painful seasons that drag on. But God’s “way of escape” is not so much deliverance from a situation, as it is supernatural strength “that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13) Tribulation works patience. But weariness does not want patience; it would cause us to faint and give in to impatience. It would have us choosing our own way of escape in order to have a long, hard season end.

If we are to let patience have her perfect work we must be more committed to God’s purposes in our life than our pleasure. We must enquire where the Lord is in any given day? What is He up to in this season? What work is He wanting to do in us? What needed maturity can be obtained? Are we, like Paul, instructed “every where and in all things” (Philippians 4:12)? He declared that he could do all things through Christ who strengthened him. The Lord strengthened him to be content in whatsoever state he found himself while he patiently waited for the season to change.

Are you in a season of solitude? Are you in a period of loss? A time of weeping? Whatever season is upon you, God would fulfill His own given purpose in you through it. Don’t let impatience rob you of what is more precious than gold, or silver, or anything to be desired in this world. Ask God to work in you a supernatural patience that will let the season end when He is ready to change it. A “spring” or “autumn” of our own making is not worth it. The impatient live with regret. The patient enjoy the good fruit of every season.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.