Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
–2 Timothy 4:2 NIV
What does in season or out of season mean? It has to do with your feelings. Paul instructs Timothy to be ready to preach the truth in season, when he feels like it and out of season, when he doesn’t.
You probably live a busy, hectic life where you wake up and almost immediately go to work. You work at a relentless pace and roughly eight hours later (or more), you head home to tend to your children, your spouse, and other life events. There’s plenty of reasons to live a very “out of season” life.
When you invest just a little bit of time, God will multiply it. When you make time for God, despite how you feel, He always gives it back to you many times over.
And when you’re having a bad day and the last thing you want to do is be an example of God’s love in somebody’s life, remember that you have an enemy who would love you to listen to your feelings of stress, grumpiness, and fatigue.
God is bigger than your feelings. When you’re feeling “out of season,” ask God to give you the strength and energy you need. He will provide.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to become the dominant voice in your thought life.
- Pray for the strength to do God’s work even when you don’t feel like it.