Daniel 2:21: “And He changes the times and the seasons; / He removes kings and raises up kings; / He gives wisdom to the wise / And knowledge to those who have understanding.”

July 12th, 2018 by Pastor Ed in devotional

When Daniel said, “He changes the times,” he meant that God is in control of world events. He determines when in history events will happen, and how long each process or phase of history will last. He controls the destiny of nations, setting up and pulling down rulers. Solomon also wrote that God has set a time and place for everything: “To everything there is a season, / A time for every purpose under heaven. / A time to be born, And a time to die; / A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted” (Ecc. 3:1–2).

When we read the list of “seasons” in Ecclesiastes, we all know which seasons we would rather be in. Everyone desires to be in the good and comfortable seasons, preferring laughing to mourning, loving to hating, getting to losing; but whatever season God has placed us in, we must resolve to faithfully serve Him there. Waiting on God’s timing is never easy, especially since our timing and His is rarely the same. But we can trust Him because He knows the correct and perfect time for everything, and when we wait patiently on Him, we can be assured that He will bring things to pass in their perfect time. The Apostle Paul encouraged the Galatians: “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (6:9).

“Thank you, LORD, for Your timing in our lives. If this is the day, the season we are to plant or reap, then give us the energy to plant or reap with all our hearts. If it is the day or season to lose or pluck, then give us the grace to accept that from Your hand as well.”