The immature believer is often led by zeal and enthusiasm, rather than the Spirit. They may witness to everybody in sight and preach to whoever comes along their path. But as they grow they learn the time to befriend somebody and the time to share their faith. They learn when to listen and when to speak. A word in season is like an “apple of gold in a setting of silver” (Prov. 25:11). It is worth its weight and has redemptive value.
By knowing God’s seasons we redeem the time. We flow with the Spirit rather than against it. We reap a mighty harvest because we are not trying to reap during a time of sowing. Knowing God’s timing means knowing when to learn and when to lead. It means realizing when to work and when to rest. Most of the problems we run into are issues caused by not operating in God’s ordained times. In his search for wisdom Solomon happened upon this pearl:
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born 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 scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, 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” (Ecc. 3:1-8).