Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)
Everything Has Its Time
3 To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
Our desire must be to fulfill the purpose in every season so that we may constantly grow and mature into new levels in Christ. This is true for us as well as our children. The seasons don’t wait. They continue to change with or without us.
Genesis 8:22 (NKJV)
22 “While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”
Let’s not plant when we should be reaping. Let’s not try to build snowmen when we should be making sand castles. We don’t want to where our swimsuits to walk through the polar vortex. We need to work through our day season and rest through our night. God is not a God of confusion and wants us to have peace. Peace will surely come as we submit to His seasons for our lives and let Him mature us into the people of God that He desires us to be. We must intentionally watch our children and help them through their process. We can’t lose patience or hope in them. We wouldn’t want God to lose patience or hope with us!
Father we thank You that You have given every season a purpose. Forgive us for responding in frustration, fear, and rebellion, instead of seeking you for understanding. We pray for an Issachar anointing that will help us know and understand the seasons in our lives and that of our children. Make us aware of areas that lack maturity so that we may surrender them to you. We willingly release the “clothes” of our old season and boldly put on the new garments that You have presented. Help us have patience with our children as they grow. Give us strategy to help bring them to a place of maturity in everything they do. Let us lead by example. Let us offer them grace as You have given grace to us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!