The Fifth Season

Seasons are marked by changes in weather, ecology, and hours of daylight. They result from the yearly revolution of the Earth around the Sun and the tilt of the Earth’s axis, relative to the plane of revolution. In temperate and polar regions, the seasons are marked by changes in the intensity of sunlight that reaches the Earth’s surface, variations of which may cause animals to go into hibernation or to migrate, and plants to be dormant.

During May, June and July, the northern hemisphere is exposed to more direct sunlight because the hemisphere faces the sun. The same is true of the southern hemisphere in November, December and January. It is the tilt of the Earth that causes the Sun to be higher in the sky during the summer months which increases the solar flux. However, due to seasonal lag, June, July and August are the hottest months in the northern hemisphere and December, January and February are the hottest months in the southern hemisphere.

In temperature and subpolar regions generally four calendar based seasons are recognized: spring (adj. vernal), summer (adj. estival), autumn (adj. autumnal), and winter (adj. hibernal). (Wikipedia)

Since grade school, we have been taught about the four seasons. However, I would like to discuss a fifth season, Due Season. In the Bible, Galatians 6:7-10 says, be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to this flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in Due Season, we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Farmers know exactly when it is time to plant their crops, as well as when it is time to reap the harvest. Jesus knows when the proper time, or Due Season is, for each and every one of us! Your Due Season may not be my Due Season, and vice versa. He knows when we are planting, and therefore knows when we will be reaping a harvest! He doesn’t always come when we think He should, but He always comes on time. A farmer will plow for hours, to prepare the ground for sowing. We too, must break up our fallow ground, or our uncultivated ground, and sow not among thorns. Mark 4:20 says,”And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.”

The word of God teaches us that we are not to seek to gratify or please our flesh. If we make that our priority, and we sow to the flesh, we will reap a harvest of spiritual impoverishment, indigence, and spiritual destitution! For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life! However, if we sow to the spirit, we shall reap a fruitful  harvest! If a farmer sows wheat, then he expects to reap wheat. If the farmer sows barley, he will expect to reap barley. So it is, in our Christian walks. That which we sow, we shall also reap. II Corinthians 9:6 says, “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” Continue to sow bountifully to the spirit, because your Due Season is on the way!

Sometimes we who have given our lives to the Lord, suffer greatly. Trials, tribulations, and trouble come our way. Satan desires to have us, that he might sift us as wheat. Sometimes we get discouraged, and we grow weary in our well doing. However, we must continue to strive to please the Lord, to contend for the faith, and to live holy, every day of our lives. We must strive to do good unto all men. We must continue to press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. He will never leave us, nor forsake us. His grace is sufficient for us, and His strength is made perfect in our weakness. So, no matter how hard the devil tries to fight us, we have to hold on to God’s unchanging hands! The Bible tells us, they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint! Don’t faint saints of God! When you feel weary, hang in there, because help is on the way. Not only will we reap a harvest of blessings now, but we shall also reap eternal life!!! So, wait on your Due Season, because you shall reap, if you faint not! Remember the fifth season, Due Season!