Scripture Reading: Daniel 7:1-8:14 / 1 John 2:12-27 / Psalm 136:13-26
I like living in Indiana because I enjoy experiencing all of the four seasons – winter, spring, summer and fall. Each season has it’s own distinguishing characteristics and they all bring drastic changes. I still enjoy the snow of winter (minus the ice) but as a child I loved the snow and everything that came with it. Spring is a welcomed site as nature comes to life. Summer gives us longer days so we can enjoy the sun’s warmth and productivity. Nothing can compare to the beauty and colors of fall.
The seasons of nature are by God’s design as well as the seasons of life. We come into this world through the amazing process of birth and progress through seasons of infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood. God has a divine purpose for all of these seasons and He also impacts our lives by His Word and presence.
“I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of His name… because you have known the Father.” (1 John 2:12,13) One of the first things a child discerns is the recognition of family. Very early in life, the heart of a child knows their father not as a result of teaching or reasoning but by a God given natural awareness. Fatherhood is not confirmed by a court document but by a tender, gracious and loving relationship. Spiritually, our hearts are filled with joy, knowing that the loving Heavenly Father has forgiven our sins.
“I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the Word of God lives in you and you have overcome the evil one.” (vs.14) The glory of a young man is his strength, high ideals and bravery. They are relentlessly driven to excel and exceed all expectations. When God’s Word inspires and unleashes spiritual strength within young men, there is nothing that can stop them – even the evil one. Their faith will not accept defeat and they will battle the enemy over and over until he is defeated.
“I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning.” (vs.13) A father endures the challenges of life and reaches a place where they look back with great thankfulness. They reach a season of contemplation after coming through times of conflict and strife. Every father knows through personal experience the strength, grace and faithfulness of God. It is a season of maturity and blessing knowing God has been and will be the same yesterday, today and forever.
There is nothing greater than to live life under the shadow of God’s purpose and presence. His Word directs our every step and gives hope throughout every season in life. As a child, I loved looking at the pictures in my Bible and the stories greatly impacted my life. As a young man, the Word of God was my sword and shield that I wielded in the many times of adversity. As I have reached the season of fatherhood and beyond, His Word is a pillow where I lay my head and is my peace in which I rest. Never lose heart or hope…He is a God for all seasons!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!