“I will bless the Lord, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.” Psalms 16:7
In life, there’s a system that works in cycles, and patterns throughout the year called seasons, seasons are all about change, these times can be very confusing. God made seasons, and cycles, and expects us to know about them, and understand them. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “There is a time and a season for everything under the sun.” Seasons are normal and not forever. There’s Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. As these seasons and cycles are in the natural, we also have seasons in our spiritual realm. There are seasons when everything seems dead, cold and the nights longer. This is the season I want to talk about today in the natural it’s called winter, but in the spirit, it’s called a season of testing, also known as the night season.
When I think of the word test, I automatically go back to school that when finished with a chapter or a unit you would be tested on what you learned to move to the next unit. It was to check your abilities, your strengths where you were weak at and what needed work, and remember the teacher is always quiet during the test. Likewise in the spirit of the season of testing, it’s a time to see if your able and capable of moving to the next chapter and season God has for you; it’s a time of growth. In this season you will feel discouraged, disappointed, and doubtful sometimes questioning who you are in Christ and what your identity is. There are so many examples, but one that comes to mind is in Exodus chapter 5:1-23 when Moses asked Pharaoh to let the Israelites go to worship just three days in the wilderness and because Moses asked it made Pharaoh mad. So mad that he made their work even harder having them go collect the straw and they were required to make the same amount of bricks as before. He called them lazy! You see, he wanted to break them and have them give in if they would have ever given in their next season would have never come. They would have never experienced the deliverance out of slavery, and if Moses had listened to the Israelites and Pharaoh, he would have never moved forward.
You see I’ve been where Moses and the Israelites have been. Plenty of times I have questioned who I am or asked the Lord, “Is this where you want me”? Feeling like it’s getting harder and the load is heavier while complaining. Then realizing that my complaining is causing me to remain in the season of testing. You see, if not careful you will find yourself repeating the same season until you learn how to move to the next one and how do you move to the next one? STOP COMPLAINING and Start PRAISING!! God can’t change your situation while you’re complaining. Instead, He moves on to the next person and blesses them while giving you time to reflect. Remember His promises and remember His instructions to remain in him, to linger where you are, to trust Him by simply remaining. It allows you to recall what God and the Holy Spirit spoke and taught you through previous seasons. It’s where you begin to use scriptures and promises to fight the temptation of giving in to the devil and his lies; it’s our tool to use to move to the next season.
In Luke 4:1-13, Jesus full of the Holy Spirit was lead into the wilderness. I like that He was full of the Holy Spirit, full of the teaching, the training, and testing. At the very end of a forty day fast is where the devil began to tempt Him, and how did Jesus respond?
He responded by speaking scripture. He didn’t give into temptation, to the lies the devil tried feeding him, the lies of disappointment, doubt or discouragement. It says in Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” That’s why it’s important to recall, remember and speak the Word in these testing seasons. These seasons will show what you learned by what you develop in the next season. You see every event in life has two paths period you either have to chose one or the other then deal with the consequences. Remember the best thing to know is the hardest path is worth it all. How about you? Do you find yourself repeating this night season or season of testing? Or maybe you might just have begun the season of testing? Remember to remain in Him, in His Word, and in His promises. Apart from Him, you can do nothing. It’s time to pursue our promises with persevering attention. Fixing our eyes on the author and finisher of our faith.
Prayer Starter: Father God, I ask that you give me the strength to endure whatever season I’m in right now. Father, I ask that you reveal to me where I need work at in my life and give You full reigns to teach me, mold me and shape me for my next season. Father God, I pray Ephesians 3:20 over my life and my families lives. You are the exceedingly, the abundantly and the above all God in our lives. Lord, strengthen my faith as I remain in You because apart from You I can do nothing. In Jesus’ all-powerful name I pray, Amen.