8th September 2020
'Daniel answered and said: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him."'
Daniel 2:20-22 (NKJV)
According to the calendar, spring has just arrived in Australia and already we see signs of it. Certain trees are beginning to blossom, the landscape will begin to change and in South Australia the countryside will begin to brown off and look quite different in a few weeks time. If it was up to me the daily temperatures would stay consistently in the twenties, it would rain at night and there would be no wind - all year round! Of course if that were to happen most of the plants that rely on seasons would be totally confused and possibly wouldn't survive. Some years ago a movie was produced titled ‘Bruce Almighty’. The movie depicted a man who was endowed with power only attributed to God. Bottom line of the movie was that when he exercised power to get whatever he wanted, he totally messed it up. Daniel’s response to an earthly king who thought he was a god was a declaration; there is only One who has all power and knowledge, and there is wisdom behind all that He has created. There are some seasons in life that we would love to be able to change, yet God allows them for a purpose. Interestingly, Daniel declares in verse 22 that the God of light knows what is in the darkness. In the winter months when all looks dreary, He sees the roots of trees going deeper than they would in the summer months so they can bear more fruit. Even in the darker seasons of our lives, He sees what is really going on behind the scenes, particularly when we can’t see everything clearly. Whatever season you may be in right now, trust God to give you the wisdom and the knowledge (verse 21) to navigate through it. You may not be able to change the season, but you can allow God to change you. Then you will be ready for the next season of even more fruitfulness.