The Right Season

In North Carolina, around the end of August, the crepe myrtle trees are in full bloom.  They are simply gorgeous!  As I observed the beauty of the crepe myrtle in my front yard, I was reminded of Psalms 1:3.  Speaking of the “blessed man”, the Psalmist says, “He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, yielding its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.”  (NASB) There is a season for every tree God plants.  I do not expect to see the brilliant colors of the yellow bells or the azaleas during the late summer.  Their season is the springtime.  Nor do I look for the beautiful blooms to break forth from the dogwoods in August.  It is not their season.

The Psalmist says the tree planted by the streams of living water will produce its fruit in its season.  What an important lesson for us to learn in our spiritual life.  The fruit will come in the right season, and not before.

Fruitfulness, however, is not automatic.  We are certainly a blessed people and we live in a blessed nation; but, to be a “blessed man” according to Psalms 1 requires not walking in the “counsel of the wicked”, not standing in the “way of sinners,” and not sitting in the “seat of the scornful.”  He also delights in the Word of God, and meditates on the Word day and night.

The blessed man is like a tree planted by the streams of living water.  His leaf shall not whither, and his fruit shall not fail.  You can be sure God does not plant a tree without a purpose.  He designs each one for fruitfulness according to His master plan!  He provides a season for our fruitfulness and streams for our nourishment.

Remember, God never plants a tree without a purpose!  The crepe myrtle produces a bloom unique to that tree, and more specifically to the species of crepe myrtle.  Jesus said,  “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? “ Matthew 7:16 (NASB77)  Every tree God plants has a unique season, and will produce leaves and fruit particular to that tree!

Although we know this truth in our head, many times are we guilty of comparing our fruit with that of someone else.  Just because their fruit gets more attention or seems to be more abundant, does not make our fruit any less important or valuable.  Each tree will bring forth “its” fruit in “its” season.  We must never forget this.  God’s timing is always perfect and His design for our lives and our fruitfulness is according to His purposes, not ours.

The next time are tempted to compare the fruitfulness of your life or ministry with someone else, remember.  You are the only tree of your kind God has designed and plan ted. He expects the fruit unique to you, and He does not compare your fruit to any other tree in His vast vineyard.

There is one more amazing truth God wants us to glean from Psalms 1:3.  Just as He, designs each tree for His purposes, He also provides the streams of living water necessary for that tree to thrive. Looking carefully at the verse (Psalms 1:3), please notice the word “streams” is plural.  The streams of nourishment for our lives are never singular!  God always has multiple sources to sustain and nourish us.  If one stream dries up, He always provides another.  God never leaves us without the nourishment we need to produce fruit.

Reflect on the fruitfulness in your life.  How is your fruitfulness?  Could it be, God’s season has not arrived? On the other hand, is it because you are not living as the “blessed man” of Psalms 1?  You are not planted by the streams of living water.  You are standing in the way of sinners, sitting in the seat of the scornful or walking in the counsel of the wicked.

Remember what Jesus said in John 15:16, ” You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you.

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About Larry Doyle

Larry is the Director of Missions for the Piedmont Baptist Association. He has served overseas with the International Mission Board (SBC), in Charlotte NC as the Director of International Ministries, and as a pastor in North Carolina and Kentucky. He is married to Rebekah Hill, a native of Greensboro NC, and has two children and three grandchildren.
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