Lately, I have come across a saying over and again. It seems everywhere I turn; I see or hear this particular sentence.
Never judge a person based on a season. We see this truth in the pages of the written Word.
In one season David was a shepherd, the next season he as a king. In one season, Ruth was working in a field, the next season she owned the field. In one season, Mordecai was sitting outside the palace, the next season he was inside the palace.
Today when I, once again, read this statement, I had a new insight. It’s true, we should never judge another person based on a season. The thought that came to me today however was; we should never judge ourselves based on a certain season.
Sometimes we go through seasons where we think we must be doing something wrong. We may ask ourselves, why else would all these hard circumstances come against us? How could all this be happening if we are in the will of God?
I know that feeling, I have been there. However, the truth is, you can be in the perfect will and plan of God for your life and go through difficult times. You can be a faithful tither and go through a season of lack. You can watch every single thing you eat and drink, exercise daily, and battle a season of sickness. Just because you battle it does not necessarily mean you are out of the will of God. And it certainly doesn’t mean you are seeing the end result.
Of course, we should always check our heart and make sure it is right before the Lord. Make sure there no open doors to allow these attacks – but once that is done and settled, we go back to the Word of God.
When I read this scripture, I cannot help but think of Joseph.
We have the advantage to see his life at the end, and not just the beginning. We can easily see that God used every single thing that happened to him for his good. Now, if we had seen his life as he was living it, we may have thought he was cursed. We may have surmised he must be doing something wrong. We would have probably believed pride led him to a fall. Yet, from our vantage point of reading about his life, after the facts – we see God turned it all for his good. Not only his good, but also the good of his entire household.
I don’t know where you find yourself today. Perhaps it is the opposite of what you believe God has promised you. I have been there. If that is the place you find yourself, do not judge yourself or your future based on this season. His promises for your life will come to pass. Simply hold on to the Word of God and His promise.
Psalm 66:12 tells us that God may allow us to go through hard seasons, but He will ultimately bring us out into a place of rich fulfillment.
If where you are today is not what God has promised, it is not your final destination. His promise fulfilled is your final destination. The place of rich fulfillment is your final destination. Look past this present season and into the promises of God. Just like Joseph, keep trusting God, God will turn it all for your good. It’s His promise to you.