An excerpt from 6 Spiritual Seasons of Life (and How to Flourish in Them)

by Courtnaye Richard

If you examined your life right now, what season would you say you are currently experiencing? Are you in a dry season, waiting-for-something season, grinding season, tests-and-trials-at-nearly-every-turn season, or spiritual warfare season? The list could go on and on. Maybe you are in a happy season, and all is well.

If you are going through some hard times in this season, know that God is with you in the midst of it all. He is totally at work. I know it is hard when you’re in the middle of it, and you might not even understand what you’re going through or why. But I want to encourage you that God knows, and in due time, all will be revealed. In the meantime, don’t give up or get tired of doing good.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up,” Galatians 6:9.

If you need comfort, let God comfort you. If you need strength beyond yourself, let Him strengthen you. If you need wisdom, ask and the Bible promises that it will be given to you (James 1:5). As hard as the tests and trials may be, allow God to be God. Allow Him to do the supernatural work that only He can do. Allow Him to strengthen and increase your faith in this season of hardship or affliction.

Fix your eyes on Jesus, not your trial. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal,” 2 Corinthians 4:17-19.

In this season, it is essential to fix your thoughts on heavenly things, not on temporary things of this earth. Fix your eyes on Jesus. He is the God who understands every temptation; He understands suffering and pain; and He understands our weaknesses

Brent Bonewits, Elder