One day I spoke with my brother, Darren, about when God speaks to us in different seasons about the same thing. In one season, there may be ministered to us one concept, and in another, a similar, but different, concept concerning the same subject. I asked does that mean we are to move on from what God said in one season to walk in what God says in the new season concerning the matter.
He gave the analogy of the onion that has many layers although it is one onion. I began to understand that there are degrees of separation, and we often are led to expound upon a thing. He reminded me of how we can read a Scripture at one point in our lives and go back and read the same Scripture in a different season, and it will minister to us in a new way.
My takeaway from our dialog that day was that there is a time and season for everything. The most important thing is that we have a receptive heart to receive what God has for us in due season. The ministry we receive is part of a whole plan that God has for our lives, and he sees its completion. To understand this concept encourages me not to become complacent because God is continually growing us from glory to glory. He needs us to be available for what he has in store for us.
I’ve had to learn to let down my guard, so to speak, and open my heart because I realize it’s not about my will. The Scriptures say, “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
When those Scriptures dropped into my spirit, it brought about a change, and I became a bit more established in my knowing. I realized that although I may want the best for myself whether it is health, finances, etc., God wants even better for me. And to know this, is to believe in the unfathomable love that God has for us. The Scriptures tells us, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” Romans 8:35.
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor power, nor things present, nor things to come. Nor heights, nor depths, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the Love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-29. Therefor I pray that we as children of God rest in knowing that God’s plan for our lives is that we have life more abundantly.
May we remember in every season to be open to receive a layer of understanding from God that will establish and root us to stand on a firm foundation. He has our greatest and best interest at heart. The word of God tells us, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10.
To walk in this blesseth hope begins by the word of faith. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10. This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the word of God exemplified in your life.
Pamela Young is a native of Goldsboro, a 1990 graduate of Goldsboro High School and author of two books. Share your thoughts with Pamela at firstname.lastname@example.org.