Monday, September 22, 2014

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

First Day of Fall

Psalm 103:15-19


Chris Thomas


St. John's MTC, NY 

17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children


 
When you step out of your home in the morning and you feel that cool breeze, you know that summer is gone and fall is in the air. I remember my first time travelling to upstate New York to see the fall colors. The scenic drive with the bright yellow, orange, red and brown leaves were definitely a sight to remember. If you go a little too late after the peak of fall it’s no longer as beautiful with all the leaves brown and almost all of them stripped off from the trees. God reminds us that the season of fall is actually the slow dying of nature around us. The trees, flowers, grass and plants prepare for the bitterness of winter. Yet God, in his infinite ability to create purposeful demonstrations takes this time of dying and creates a beautiful tapestry in the midst of what we understand to be the “falling apart” of life.

We all go through this season of fall in our lives. Nothing that is happening in our lives is a surprise to God, because he is fully aware of the circumstances of our life. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Nothing we experience, or going through or that we will encounter is without purpose or in due season. God promises that everything has a season making it meaningful and productive. The seasons come and go, but our focus should remain unchanged on the God who created it.

Many cultures feature fall harvest festivals and with fall also comes the Thanksgiving holiday that creates a perfect opportunity to reflect on the many blessings we have. There are blessings hidden in our lives even in disappointments. In the 2nd part of the passage it says “But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children - with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.” The Word of God is the only thing that prepares us for all things. Without His Word, it is impossible to know God’s way. We should continuously plant the seed of His Word in our hearts preparing for the next season. God’s seasons come with promises, promises of spring and new life.


Prayer: Thank you Lord for all the seasons in my life because I know that you’re in control. Father help us to trust in your plan and purpose for us even in the most disappointing situations in our life. Amen. 



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Thought for the day: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” - Romans 8:28