Flourishing in Your Seasons-of-Life, Part 4

In the past few weeks, I have provided meditational topics to help you to overcome some of the obstacles you might face during the week, and flourish in whatever season of life that you are in. Whether you are a Season of Dryness or a Season of waiting, know that God is at work, and He has a plan for your victory.

This week, we focus on your Season of Testing. If you’re going through hard times, you might be going through a Season of Testing. Remember that God is in the midst of our tests. What is God doing in your season of testing? God is making you into a better person by refining your character. During your testing times, the people and circumstances that try us are instruments that God uses to develop our character
and point us towards our destiny. Joseph understood this. He later said to his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Gen 50:20).

Our seasons of testing may be a method God uses to draw us closer to Him. Sometimes God will throw us into the fire so that we may seek him more. “You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you”– Deuteronomy 8:5.

God will use seasons of testing to strengthen our Faith. It is in our seasons of testing that God will do some of His greatest work in our lives. God proved this point with Abraham and Sarah. “Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waiver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.” (Rom 4:19-20).

When you are going through your Season of Testing, place your hope and faith on eternal things, 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.


Pastor R. Mario Howell

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