THE GOOD LIFE: Part 4, Understanding the Seasons of Life

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Message Recap | 08.10.2014

Speaker: Aaron Taylor, Lead Pastor

“Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season)” — often abbreviated to “Turn! Turn! Turn!” — is a song written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s. The lyrics, except for the title which is repeated throughout the song, and the final verse of the song, are adapted word-for-word from Chapter 3 of the Book of Ecclesiastes, set to music and recorded in 1962.  The song became an international hit in late 1965 when it was covered by the American folk rock band The Byrds.  I can hear Roger McGuinn singing the lyrics while playing his Rickenbacker guitar.  But today’s blog is not about reminiscing about the Rock-n-Roll music from the 60s.  It’s about the Seasons of Life.

The timeless truth of Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 (specifically verses 1-15) resonates today as much as it did when King Solomon wrote it.  You will notice the opposites in this Scripture; the statement of polar extremes as a way of embracing everything that lies between them – twenty-eight items in fourteen pairs in multiples of seven.  Solomon shrewdly notes that there is a time and a place for all kinds of human actions and emotions.

The importance of seasons is pointed out in Scripture and is a major image of stability.  (See Psalm 104:19-24 and Genesis 2:22)  Timing is everything.  You know, there’s truth in that statement.  Just ask a stand-up comic on a bad night.  He’ll say, “It’s all about timing”.  Timing is also important in your spiritual life.  It is critical to live your life with an acute awareness of God’s timing for your life.

The seasons of our lives are beyond our control.  God rules over the rhythms of life.  Did you get that?  God is in control. (Read Daniel 2:21) The seasons are often confusing. We don’t always understand why we go through what we do. (Read Ecclesiastes 3:11)  God has a purpose for each season.  Now I’m not saying that everything that happens is good.  Cancer is not good.  Child abuse is not good.  But “IF” we love God and desire to trust and follow Him, He will make sure that whatever happens in whatever season will work out for our good.  (Read Romans 8:28) God never wastes a hurt! The seasons include both good and bad times.  Each season is necessary and part of the nature of life under the sun. (Read Ecclesiastes 3:2-8)  And what we sow in one season, we’ll reap in another.  It’s true.  (Read Galatians 6:9) We do not reap a harvest in the same season we plant the seed.  So it is with life.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Seasons of Life, listen to our podcast at http://painesvilleag.com/good-life for the complete message.

Friend, King Solomon concludes with a refrain that reminds us to take life in stride.  “So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these things are gifts from God. (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 NLT) Can we take some time this week and slowdown, live in the moment, be where we are right now, and remember every season has its place.  If you desire understanding about the season God has placed you in, talk to Him.  Ask God in prayer to tell you and then listen for His response.  God bless you!

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