Faith > Fear

New seasons bring new adventures. New adventures bring an array of emotions. For some, new things are only for crazy people who have no sense of responsibility. For those crazy people, they embrace change and almost feed off it. It empowers some and cripples’ others. It is absolutely necessary for Christians to see God moving in each season and to develop into the next. As we approach this fall many things will be changing. Kids will be going back to school. Vacations will become less frequent. Schedules will become more disciplined as the days become shorter. For me, I look forward to chilly weather (you may not). Either way, change is coming. Change is inevitable.
Ecclesiastes 3 begins;

There is an occasion for everything,
and a time for every activity under heaven:
a time to give birth and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to uproot;
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 throw stones and a time to gather stones;
a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing;
a time to search and a time to count as lost;
a time to keep and a time to throw away
a time to tear and a time to sew;
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.

A time for everything. Only God knows what this next in your life, but you can make an effort to keep Him at the center of your focus. In Acts chapter 1 the disciples questioned whether or not the new kingdom was being restored. Jesus answered them like this. He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When they asked, Jesus replied by saying that is in God’s hands. What you need to know is the Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will be my witnesses around the earth. In other words, rather than trying to focus on what hasn’t been given to you, focus on the task that has been given to you. God chooses to use us and in turn, we choose what we will do with that calling. My challenge for you is to find dedication in the season. Embrace it while not forgetting your purpose. God is calling us to be faithful, kingdom-minded, and in pursuit of Him. This season will be new. Will we allow it to empower us or cripple us? Will we chase Jesus with more passion or turn to the world for answers? Choose faith, not fear.