Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

 

“And He changes the times and the seasons” (Daniel 2:21a)

The signs are everywhere; it began with some wonderfully crisp mornings, and has lately evolved into “pumpkin spice” coffee at the local coffee shop. There are so many reasons that people love this time of year. For you, it may be college football, or the leaves changing, the cool crisp mornings, or even the pumpkin spice coffee. Regardless of the reason you may love this time of year, Fall is here and we are far removed from the 90+ degree days that we had just a few weeks ago.

In the days of creation God created the lights in the skies and proclaimed “let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years” (Genesis 1:14). We know each year that Fall will come, and we know that soon temperatures will plummet, and Winter will arrive. We also know likewise that soon flowers will begin to bloom, and eventually we will have sweltering Alabama heat. We know this from our experiences, but we also know because God made a promise to Noah that as long as the earth remains, that “winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22). Like all the other promises that God has made, we can rest assured we will continue to have seasons.

Think of some of the promises God has made in the past. God made a promise to Noah that he would bring flood waters on the earth, and geologists will tell you that there is a layer of “silt” at near the same depth anywhere on earth, from the highest mountain to the lowest valley, which indicates the earth was covered entirely with water at one time. God made a promise to Abraham that He would make of him a great nation (Genesis 12:2), and we know that from this promise that Abraham had Isaac, and Esau and Jacob (Israel), and from Israel we have the “children of Israel”, a promise well-documented in secular history. God promised from the very beginning the coming of Christ (Genesis 3:15), and the coming of our Lord is more documented in secular history than the signing of the Declaration of Independence in our own country. As a matter of fact, the entire world counts time in AD, or from the birth of our Lord.  We see from the past MANY promises that God has made, and we know that God has kept those promises, just as the seasons were promised in the beginning and have continued even unto today.

Think about the promises God has made of the future. We believe the promises of God because of our faith, and because of our knowledge that God has always kept His promises. God has promised that “no man knows the day or hour” of His return (Matt 12:26). The Hebrew writer tells us that God is a rewarder of those who “diligently” seek Him and God has promised heaven to those who are faithful unto death (Rev 2:10). The implication is that because we do not know the day or hour of our departure from this life, we should continue unto death in faithful service unto God.

Enjoy this time of year; it is, after all, a promise that God has made, and we are fortunate to live in an area which enjoys the seasons as we do. But more importantly, seek God diligently and be faithful unto death, so we can enjoy the greatest promise God has given, the promise of eternity in Heaven.

Ande Z

Events:
Today – Area wide devo @ Sylvan Springs – Leave @ 3:45

Tuesday – Devo @ Ande Z’s

 

 

 

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