“Preach the word and be ready in and out of season …”2 Timothy 4:2
In this passage, Paul was telling Timothy to be ready to preach whatever the season. This suggests that there are “in seasons” and “out seasons” and these are bound to happen.
The “in seasons” are great but we need to know how to handle the “out seasons”
For the purpose of this piece, I’ll describe an “out season” as a period during which we don’t feel great in our spiritual lives.
I’m very familiar with these “out seasons”. Sometimes during such seasons, I wake up and nothing feels right. And when I finally manage to get up and pray I feel like I am hitting a wall. Then I try to read my bible but nothing would seem to make sense. Before I know it I start to get feelings of guilt and insecurity.
I would think to myself “Perhaps I am not trying hard enough,” or “Maybe God is angry with me.”
Note how the previous paragraph was largely based on feelings, feelings and more feelings. Our walk with God is not about how we “feel”. When we begin to realise this, it sets us free from the trap of feeling inadequate and inferior. Emotions are fickle and fleeting. We must try our best not to get into the trap of basing our relationship with God on human emotions. Walking with God is about “knowing” and I’ll describe what I mean by this towards the end of this post.
So I used to think it was just me going through these seasons, but I’ve come to learn that every child of God goes through such times. Perhaps you are reading this and you are at a so-called “spiritual low”. I have three things to tell you.
1. You are not alone. 2. You will come out of it 3. It will happen again.
I know the 3rd point sounds a bit brash but it is the truth.
Yes, it will happen again because God teaches us important lesson’s in these seasons.
But there is good news! We can prepare for the “out seasons”
God always creates an avenue for us to prepare for a rocky season before it hits. Remember the story of Joseph in Egypt, when there were seven years of plenty before the seven years of famine and it was the time of surplus that was used to prepare for the time of lack.
It is this same principle we use to prepare for an “out season”
You know the times when you feel great and so loved by God. Those times when you pick up your bible and so much just jumps out at you. You know, when all the revelation is just flowing.Yes, those times. That is when you are to stock up.
That is not the time to raise our shoulders, push out our chests and start to think that we are better or more spiritual than everyone around us.
It is in those times that we are to renew our minds with the word of God and make it a part of our being. That is the time when we learn about God’s character and who He is to us. It is in those times that the “Knowing” is formed.
What do I mean by the “knowing”?
“13 Now therefore, I pray you, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways so that I may know You [becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, recognizing and understanding Your ways more clearly] and that I may find grace and favor in Your sight. And consider also, that this nation is Your people.” Exodus 33:13 (AMP)
For me the verse above describes it accurately, it is becoming more deeply acquainted with God, recognizing and understanding His ways more clearly. It is this knowledge that is tested in the so-called “spiritual lows” Christianity is not about how you are feeling. It about knowing God personally and cherishing that knowledge. It is this knowledge that guards our hearts in the times of testing.
So that when that dark gloomy phase comes around and you don’t “feel” loved by God, you will “know” that you are loved. Because you will be reminded of His Word that says
“The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3
When that “out season” rolls in and you don’t feel redeemed, you will know that you are saved by grace because you will be reminded of His word that says
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
And if you are going through a rough patch at the moment, don’t let the darkness get you down. Let it remind you that there is a breaking dawn around the corner! God Loves you and cares about you much more than you can ever fathom.
Thank you for reading, I hope you have been blessed.
Written By: Ayowade Adeleye (through the revelation and inspiration of the Holy Spirit).