Season of Impatience
Series: Don’t Die In The Winter
Lesson 3 January 13 – 19, 2021
AIM: We all have been through unusual winters! Things seem out of sync – out of season!! That can happen in our spiritual lives as well. After studying this lesson students should realize that God is in control and they are not to “run in front of Him. They should stay in their lane!” Running in front of God leads to catastrophe!
The calendar says January but the thermometer says 65 degrees! We all know what it is to go through unusual winters! Things seem out of sync – out of season!! That also happens in our spiritual lives as well. What happens when that happens??
The book of Ecclesiastes points out that there is a time (or season) for everything. But there are times when we get in front of God because we think that He needs our help!
Let’s look at seasons in nature to get a general idea of how seasons work. . .in nature, things come forth, grow and fulfill their purpose and die. Notice that winter and spring are times of preparation. In the winter the ground gets very cold or freezes, which kills germs or bacteria that could be harmful to crops. Plants that have died, during the previous season, decay and help replenish nourishment to the soil. Then as the late winter and early spring comes, the soil is plowed and made ready, seeds are planted, nurtured and grow. . . then in summer and fall, crops mature and are harvested. The farmers then sell the crops for money and use the money to support their families and enjoy the good things of life. So, what is a season? For our purposes, a season in our life is a time frame that has been allotted for something to happen.
Again let me point out that God has so arranged it that things here on the earth and in our lives operate in seasons. We can depend on this because He tells us so in Genesis 8:22. “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest (seasons) and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” This scripture also gives us a basic description of seasons. We can gather from this scripture that seasons are basically divided into two types…
- seasons of seedtime (preparation) and
- seasons of harvest (reaping from what has been sewn during the season of seed time).
From our example we also know that during a season, things around us are orchestrated in such a manner that our efforts are supported.
Back to our example of the farmer. . . his goal is to produce a large crop of something, sell it, and receive a lot of money for it. We see that he cannot, however, get to the money until he properly goes through the seasons required to produce a crop to harvest. Also , as he goes through each season, he must do the right things. . . (cultivate the soil , fertilize etc.) otherwise, he won’t successfully produce a crop that will bring him the money he desires.
What happens when we get out of sync, or get in front of God, in our spiritual lives? Let us look at Abraham and Sarah.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)
3 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Genesis 12:1-2 (GNT)The Lord said to Abram, Leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s home, and go to a land that I am going to show you.2 I will give you many descendants, and they will become a great nation. I will bless you and make your name famous, so that you will be a blessing
- The Promise
God had promised Abraham: A great Name
A great Nation
- The Particulars
Abraham was to leave: His Region
Genesis 13:14-16(NKJV) 14 And the LORD said to Abram, . . . : “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. 16 And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered.
- The Plan
God calls for Abraham to: Believe
Genesis 15:1-6 (NKJV) 15 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” 2 But Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!” 4 And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” 5 Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be. 6 And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
Genesis 15:18 (NKJV)On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying:
“To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates—
- The Proclamation
God promises Abraham an: An Heir
From his House
Genesis 16:1-6 (GWT) 1Sarai, Abram’s wife, was not able to have children. She owned an Egyptian slave named Hagar. 2So Sarai said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Why don’t you sleep with my slave? Maybe I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed with Sarai. 3After Abram had lived in Canaan for ten years, Abram’s wife Sarai took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. 4He slept with Hagar, and she became pregnant. When Hagar realized that she was pregnant, she began to be disrespectful to Sarai, her owner. 5So Sarai complained to Abram, “I’m being treated unfairly! And it’s your fault! I know that I gave my slave to you, but now that she’s pregnant, she’s being disrespectful to me. May the Lord decide who is right—you or me.” 6Abram answered Sarai, “Here, she’s your slave. Do what you like with her.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar so much that she ran away.
- The Problem
Sarah was: Bodacious
Then she suffered: Anguish
Genesis 21:1-13 (GWT) 1The Lord came to help Sarah and did for her what he had promised. 2So she became pregnant, and at the exact time God had promised, she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. 3Abraham named his newborn son Isaac. 4When Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him as God had commanded. 5Abraham was 100 years old when his son Isaac was born. 6Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me. 7Who would have predicted to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet, I have given him a son in his old age.” 8The child grew and was weaned. On the day Isaac was weaned, Abraham held a big feast. 9Sarah saw that Abraham’s son by Hagar the Egyptian was laughing at Isaac. 10She said to Abraham, “Get rid of this slave and her son, because this slave’s son must never share the inheritance with my son Isaac.” 11Abraham was upset by this because of his son Ishmael. 12But God said to Abraham, “Don’t be upset about the boy and your slave. Listen to what Sarah says because through Isaac your descendants will carry on your name. 13Besides, I will make the slave’s son into a nation also, because he is your child.”
- The Provocation
Abraham had: Two women
- The Perversion
Abraham was Passive
Sarah was Peeved
Hagar was a Pawn
Results Permanent Damage
- Muslims and Jews and western world
- Although Abraham and Sarah got out of sync with God’s season for their lives, God blessed them anyway.
- Success from God’s perspective is not getting results but obedience.
PRAYER PRINCIPLE: Pray that you remain obedient to the will of God in your life no matter what comes your way.
SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE: Share with others how obedience has made a difference in your life; make sure you share the price you paid for your disobedience.
EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE: Let others know how Christ is our example of obedience and should be at all costs.
STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE: Consistent giving comes with a cost; be a sacrificial example for those that need to experience that cost.
DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE: When you don’t see your way through a situation, remain obedient even though you don’t see the results at present.
NEXT WEEK’S TITLE: No Problem too Great
SERIES: Don’t Die in the Winter (Season of Preparation)
NEXT WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT: Matthew 11:28; John 16:33; John 16:33; Hebrews 6:19; 1 Samuel 22:1-2; James 1:2-3; 1 Peter 1:6-7; Romans 4:21; Job 1:20-21; Job 13:15; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 6:19; Psalm 107:28; Psalm 142:1