Now that the weather is cooling down and isn’t hot anymore, I find it ironic that we are already complaining about the cold. We want it warm, but not too warm. We want rain, but only when it is convenient for us. When the weather creates any kind of discomfort, we grumble and complain.
However, there is a verse in the Bible that says, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22). In other words, the four seasons and the varying temperatures will be a part of life as long as the earth remains. What I like about that verse is that it reminds me of God’s unchangeable nature. He doesn’t change. The Bible says that God’s mercy is everlasting. That is an enduring promise. The Bible says that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). That is an enduring promise. It will never change.
“While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest . . . shall not cease.” We can be certain God will not change. In the same way, we can also be certain that the time of year that we plant and harvest will remain the same. Every springtime, as the snow melts and the ground warms up again, we naturally have an inclination to be doing something outside. For many of us that includes planting. Then, as the summer draws to a close, are ready for that final harvest when the crops are brought in.
This fall, as you see the fields being cleared and prepared for Winter, let it be a reminder that God never changes. He is the God of eternity. He is the Creator of the ends of the earth. And the God who created all things; the God who breathed into man the breath of life; the God who alone controls the storms and weather patterns; the God who gave us the four seasons is the God who knew mankind would be so full of wicked sinfulness. The Bible says that “there is none righteous, no not one.” But because God loved mankind, He sent Jesus, His sinless Son, to die in your place on the cross. Jesus died for you so that you can live eternally with Him.
As the weather is cooling down with the progression of Fall, and on into Winter, be reminded that just as the seasons continue the same year after year, God remains even more the same. He will not change. You can always know that God keeps His promises.
If you would like to know more about the God who loves you, I invite you to join us at Faith Baptist Church in Nyssa this Sunday morning at 11 a.m.
Doug Sondergaard is the pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Nyssa. The Argus Observer weekly faith column features a rotation of writers from many different faiths and perspectives.