Preach the Word in Season and Out


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


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 8 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.

But if you invest just a little bit of time, God will multiply it. He takes your investment of time, talent and treasure and makes it larger than you could have. 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 that example of God’s love in somebody’s life, remember that you have an enemy who would like nothing more than to see you listen to your feelings of stress, grumpiness, and fatigue.

God is bigger than your feelings. When you make Him the prominent voice in your life, fear is replaced with joy; stress is replaced with calm, and the hold that your feelings have on you is loosed.

When you’re feeling “out of season”, ask God to give you the strength and energy you need. He will provide.

Prayer Focus

  • 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.
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