Summer dog days have slipped away and the cool air of autumn has arrived like a friendly visitor. Did you know that the Bible has much to say about the seasons? The following verses remind us that the seasons can teach us much about God and ourselves.
Daniel 2:21 “He changes the times and the seasons...” Our planet is tilted at 23.5 degrees – the perfect angle to support life. It is also the reason we see the seasons come and go every year. As Earth races around its path in the solar system, the slant of its axis determines the amount of heat and light that the hemispheres receive. When your part of the world begins pointing toward the sun, you get spring and summer; fall and winter arrive when your planetary neighborhood slants away from our star. Sir James Jeans, a respected astronomer of the 20th century, noted that the universe seems to be designed by a “pure mathematician.”
Ezekiel 17:24 “I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.” Did you know that summer leaves actually contain various colors? In the fall, the green pigment called chlorophyll fades in the dying leaves, bringing out the fiery hues that were present all along. Even in death, God can provide beauty.
Joel 2:23 “Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful.” In ancient Israel, autumn showers were the “first rains” that prepared the ground for planting, while spring precipitation was the “latter rain” that watered young crops. Both were vital. James used these terms in a spiritual sense, encouraging believers to patiently wait for the Lord as a farmer anticipates the spring and autumn rains (James 5:7).
Jude 1:12 “They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead.” This blunt metaphor describes ungodly people who had infiltrated the early church, spreading immorality and false teaching. The Bible contains many warnings about bearing bad fruit. Jesus used a living parable when He cursed an unproductive fig tree, causing it to wither and die (Matthew 21:18-19). We must stay rooted in Christ if we are to bear abiding fruit.
Genesis 8:22 “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” What a beautiful promise God has made us! As long as this world spins, the sun will rise, seeds will bear crops and the seasons shall remain as trustworthy old friends. Yes, life can be unpredictable – but God’s compassions never fail. “Great is thy faithfulness!” (Lamentations 3:23)