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The Seasons of Life
Dr. Stan Coffey
If you want things to grow, you plant in the springtime, and then you cultivate in the early summer, and you reap in the fall. And even the winter, as it comes with its cold, prepares the way for another springtime. And it's the same way in our life. Why do we have difficult times and joyous times? Why do we have sorrow and grief? Why do we have both pain and happiness? Because it takes different seasons in our life for God to mold us and make us what He wants us to be. But unlike the seasons in the universe, the seasons of life are many. There are four seasons mainly in our universe that God has given, but there are many, many, many seasons of life. And in this sanctuary this morning, watching by television, people are going through different seasons in their lives. And we're going to see how that affects every relationship that you have, especially if you're married. You may be in one season of growth, and your mate is in another season. Sometimes that causes difficulty. It helps to understand if they're going through a different season from you. If you're working with somebody, they're going through a certain season of life, it helps you to understand as you work with them why their attitude is like it is. And the Bible helps us to understand how God works in all the seasons of life to help us to grow.
Now Ecclesiastes 3:1 is the passage which is the basis for this series of messages, and I would suggest today you read all of this chapter. But the Bible says, "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven." Another translation says, "Everything on earth has its special seasons." So I want you to look at the fact that the seasons of life are providential. These are some facts about the seasons of life. They are first of all providential. The Bible says in Daniel 2:21, "God controls the times and the seasons. He makes and unmakes kings." Now the difficult thing about the seasons of life for us are we know the seasons of life are coming, we know these different things are going to happen to us at some point in our life, but we have no control over when they come. Waiting is a season of life. Why is it so difficult to wait? Because we have no control over things. Things happen, circumstances occur that we have absolutely nothing to do with, and we are victims of those circumstances in a sense, and yet we're not victims because we need to understand that waiting for answered prayer, waiting for God to do a certain thing, waiting for a certain goal to be reached, waiting for a certain thing to happen in your life, is a part of the season of life.
And the seasons of life happen very suddenly; they change very quickly. You're in one season of life, and all of a sudden something occurs, and you're in a totally different season. Not too long ago many of you had a precious mate, many watchin ...
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