What does Autumn mean to you? Does it mean the end of summer? The start of a new school year? Does it mean darker, colder days? Or, the anticipation of Holidays? No matter what Autumn evokes in your mind, you can rest in truth: With every season, God’s promises are good. The goodness of Autumn, of Harvest, is His promise for this season. Rejoice, bask in His goodness, and give thanks as foods are harvested, leaves fall, and a new season begins!
Take a moment and lay down your troubles. Give Him your worries. Let go of your stress. The goodness of Autumn is here. Take a moment to truly see God’s promises at harvest. Here are 7 to hold onto as the leaves fall and summer fades.
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“Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” (Psalm 126:5-6)
“Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:8-9)
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
On the earth, most of us sow in Spring, tend in Summer, and Reap in Autumn. Autumn is a time to remember that God promises to bring the fullness of what we sow to life. Keep sowing in the Spirit and reap eternal life. Do not become weary even when the days turn shorter and darker. Spring may signify new life, but the goodness of Autumn signifies the faithful harvest that God has promised.
“Jesus Christ is the same today and yesterday and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 ESV)
No matter how our lives change, how our Earth changes, God is our Rock. He does not change. He is the One we can depend on to stay the same. He keeps His promises today, yesterday, and tomorrow.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39)
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1)
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:11-12)
One of the best things about Autumn is Thanksgiving. As you move from a season of green and sunshine to a darker one, let gratitude and thanksgiving shine. In fact, prepare your heart during October for a 1-2 month (or longer) daily practice of gratitude in the upcoming months.
“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22)
Even though He tells us not to worry or trouble ourselves, our God knows we still do. Changing seasons (both figurative and literal) can cause anxiety. And to that, He says to cast your cares on Him. No guilt. Just love. So, take those burdens of a changing season or otherwise, and give them to God He cares for you.
“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them?” (Psalm 8:3-4)
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:25-27)
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:31-39)
It’s utterly amazing that the God of the Universe cares for us. That he knows the hairs on our heads. That He loves us as our Father. Remember during tough seasons, if He is for us, who can be against us?
“How abundant are the good things that You have stored up for those who fear You, that You bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in You.” (Psalm 31:19)
“This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (Jeremiah 29:10-12)
If we believe God is good, that He loves us, and that He holds our futures, we can trust Him through all changing seasons. He has stored up good things for you whether in this life or the next. In the meantime, we can meditate on His love and reap the benefits of faith in Him.
There’s no better way to gain eternal perspective than to meditate on God’s Word. He gives us the instructions, the truth, and His promises. He is steadfast in His love, you only have to accept it.
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Autumn is the perfect time to reflect on God’s faithfulness and promises. After the sowing of spring, you can reap the goodness of Autumn! Don’t let it pass you by. Don’t dive into the hustle and bustle. Instead, take a few moments and reflect on God’s divine plan, His changing seasons, and His promises for you.