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To everything, there is a season

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By Pr Esther Kintu

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says: “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.” The English dictionary defines a season as an opportune time for an event or activity.

The Bible says for everything ordained by God, there is a season; a period of time when we can get maximum benefits, maybe because at that time so many factors come together to fulfill a purpose.

We are told in 2 Chronicles 12:32 about the children of Issachar, how they had understanding of the times and of what God would have them do.

It means much progress was being made by the children of Israel because of the gifting of this one tribe. They knew when to move and when to hold back by divine leading.

Knowing the purpose for the season will help us prepare better and our plans will definitely yield much out of every season.

Each season has purpose
As we study the journey of the children of Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land, we see seasons that they went through and each had a purpose and a goal: Firstly, we see their deliverance from the land of bondage and the grip of Egypt.

Clearly this is a season that we all experience, as the first season in our salvation experience.

While the children of Israel were in the desert, the power of God was present in the pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night, manna fell from heaven and provided water from a rock and quail from the sea.

Everything thing was so miraculous that they got so comfortable, which led to complaining.

Without understanding that the season of deliverance must be leading us somewhere, we become so prone to comfort and a tendency to turn back to our former lives.

Discipleship
The second season was the wilderness experience, which is a season of discipleship. Here we see the Lord giving them instructions, laws and commandments.

The books of Numbers, Leviticus and Deuteronomy detail instructions that God had for His people all through the wilderness.

In Deuteronomy 8:2 we read: “And you remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.”

The Lord was preparing them to possess the Promised Land, nevertheless most of them missed out because of the hardness of heart and disobedience.

Similarly, if we as believers get so lost in the deliverance season we miss the opportunity of being prepared by the Lord for the next seasons and end up dying in the wilderness, having not accomplished much.

The season of discipleship was to prepare them for the season of deployment into the Promised Land.

The number one requirement for deployment was their attitude towards the word of God and their willingness to take on every challenge ahead of them.

We therefore see God calling Joshua (Joshua 1) to be strong and very courageous by holding onto His word day and night.

No wonder Joshua and the children of Israel conquered giants. Discipleship works on our hearts, our attitude and our ways or habits. This is where God humbles us and teaches us a new way of the Kingdom.

Deployment
The season of deployment is for possessing the land and being able to thrive there. In deployment God, introduces us to Kingdom life style.

The Bible says in Matthew 5, that we are the salt (literally transformation catalyst) of the earth and light of the world, a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden. Deployment requires knowledge.

Proverbs 19.2 says: “Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good, haste makes mistakes.”

We see examples in the Bible of leaders like King Saul who were deployed early and the results speak for themselves.

They failed miserably and unfortunately their failure cost the nation greatly. God has to prepare us for deployment otherwise the world is going to swallow us up.

Dominion
The final season was dominion, which we see the Lord accomplishing in King David, whom the Lord used to conquer their enemies.

Psalms 78.72 says: “So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.”

God had found a man after His own heart who was willing to follow after Him wholly.

God wants to use us as agents of Kingdom transformation in the earth. This was Gods original intent (Genesis 1.28) and was Jesus’ goal in coming to die for mankind.

This could be your set season to arise and take your place of influence on earth.
God bless you.

The writer is a pastor at House of Revival Ministries, Kisaasi.

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