Changing of seasons. School starts. Fall is on the way. It’s a New Season. And as the seasons of the year become new, it means we are moving on with new seasons of our life as well.
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Everything has a season.
We see the same things in the lives we live right now. We enter a new season of life when we get a new job, get married, have kids
kids become teens, kids leave home, we move, we retire.
All of those things are natural points of life that enter a new season.
But there are times when we make a conscious choice to change direction in our life that we also enter new a new season.
Maybe we recognize that our life has not been moving in a positive direction or really has not been working out so well, so we seek to change directions, turn over a new leaf.
Many times, these moments of thinking through our life occur at natural points during the different seasons of our life.
Today, I want to give us some things that we can expect during a new season of life so that so that we will be better able to seize opportunities that present themselves and be better able to experience the excitement that a new season brings; especially as we conclude this series on ROLE MODELS.
To help us do that, I want to take a look at Solomon today.
Solomon, the most likely writer of Ecclesiastes, the book we read from a minute ago, was the son of King David. He became the King after King David.
Let’s read about the new season that Solomon experienced and see what we might be able to learn. 1 Kings 2:1-3
1 When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son. 2 “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, show yourself a man, 3 and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go, (from New International Version)
There was some change happening in Solomon’s life. His dad was dying. The man who had led Israel successfully for so many years. The man whom the people loved. The man who was after God’s own heart. Now Solomon was going to be expected to fill his shoes.
Now getting past the fact that I am sure Solomon was experiencing sorrow at the death of his father, I am sure he probably felt some excitement to be King, as well as a little apprehension as well. How will I be able to lead like my father?
Change – people have a love/hate relationship with change.
They want things to change because if they didn’t, things would be boring. They want things to stay the same, because change brings uncertainty.
It is that uncertainty that we are truly afraid of. The things we don’t know. We like to know in advance, what any change is going to require of us.
The problem with that, from a Christian perspective, it requires no faith. And the Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:7 to “live by faith, not by sight.”
We like to live by sight, don’t we? We want to know that everything will turn out just like we want it. The fact of the matter is that we don’t really trust God to take care of things for our best interest.
But for us to grow in our relationship with God, for us to grow in our faith, we need to learn to walk by faith and not by sight. That requires that we move forward in the midst of change and uncertainty.
For Solomon to grow, for Solomon to please God, he needed to experience change. David needed to enter into his eternity so Solomon could grow and become the King that God wanted Him to be.
For you to grow, you need to experience change.
Maybe it is through some of the natural points of change that God will help you grow in your trust of Him. Maybe the change you need to experience is the change from living life your way, to living life God’s way. That can be a scary change, but it is a change that will provide eternal benefits beyond any you can measure.
Solomon not only had a changed position now as the new King, but with those changes came some challenges.
And he realized that these challenges. Now how was he going to face them? Turn with me a page or two to 1 Kings 3:5-9 Solomon is now king and he needs to govern the people of Israel as King. He faces a great challenge.
1 Kings 3:5-9; At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day. “Now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
Solomon had an awesome and challenging task before him.
Many of you may have challenging tasks that lie ahead of you.
Whatever the challenge we face, how do we get through it?
We face it like Solomon faced it, with humility, seeking the wisdom of the Lord. James 1:5 says If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
We need to seek God’s wisdom during times when we find our self challenging situations.
Humbly seek His wisdom in facing your challenges, and He will provide you with it.
3. Turn over a few more pages to 1 Kings 8:10-14.
Solomon has just completed building the temple of the Lord.
1 Kings 8:10-14
10 When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the LORD. 11 And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled his temple. Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that he would dwell in a dark cloud; 13 I have indeed built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever.”
14 While the whole assembly of Israel was standing there, the king turned around and blessed them.
Solomon accepted the changes that came his way,
He faced the challenges that occurred with humility, seeking the Lord’s wisdom, and as he continued to move forward, He was able to be used to do mighty things for the Lord. With building the temple, God was pleased.His presence which filled the temple showed that.
Maybe you are thinking. I could never be used to do anything great. I don’t have anything to offer I have tried to do things in the past, but have failed. Perhaps you have been trying in your own strength. The key to becoming a champion is submitting yourself to Christ.
When we submit ourselves to the Lord in our daily living, trusting him with the changes that go on, humble seeking him in the challenges we face, He gives us new opportunities to be used in greater ways. And the reality is that God wants to use everyone in this room and He can use everyone in this room.
But it only happens when we humble ourselves and
Submit ourselves to Him. James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
I want to tell you that there is nothing greater than being used by God to accomplish something awesome. Maybe you are unsure what the Lord is wanting you to do.
Well, some things we can be sure of are that He wants His Kingdom grown and is looking for people to help with the harvest.
Luke 10:2 “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
Use your time and talents and treasure to help the church reach your community for Jesus Christ.