These are the perfect autumn days. Crisp, sharp, and yet warm. Cobalt blue skies set off brilliant oranges, yellows and reds as the earth puts out such gorgeous displays.
This morning I sat at my window just gazing.
Soon the brilliance will fade into the grays of winter and its all-white cover of snow. It seems unlikely as I enjoy the fall colors. But it is inevitable. Are we prepared for the season’s changes?
Gazing out over the beautiful, calm autumn scene, it seems that the news coming out of our government and those around the world are very far away. But it will affect us more than we know. Maybe the crosshairs above us are tighter than ever. It’s tempting to fear.
But God has given us promises. In the Bible, 1 Timothy, chapter four, we are admonished to train ourselves to be godly. Not an easy task these days. And it is not only directed toward us as individuals, but for training up young ones behind us. The promise of life here and to come lay before us.
God promises always to be with us. In all things.
It appears easy to put our hope in what we can see and touch—or in whom we might elect to fix problems or defend us from enemies. But problems will deepen. We need greater hope than that.
The living God is our ultimate hope. In His hands, all things reside. He knows the end from the beginning. His plan will prevail.
Therefore, we pin our hope upon Him. He holds us in eternity. And that is now and going forward. No matter what.
Until Jesus returns, we must devote ourselves to the public reading of Scriptures. Encouragement will overflow to our souls in the speaking and the hearing of the words of Scripture. We preach and we teach. Let our hearts and ears be open.
Lastly, we must be diligent to watch and wait. And persevere when the difficulties come.
Because Jesus brings rewards for those who are steadfast and faithful.
Be blessed in warm, glorious, colorful autumn days. It is only a foretaste.