SUMMER IS HERE
Who isn’t enjoying the good weather?
There is something about summer sunshine that lifts our spirits and cheers us up. Suddenly, there are activities that we can realistically think about doing. A holiday at home becomes a real option. I even went to work today without my jacket (and went home early)!
Summer is the season of opportunities and possibilities.
That is the way it is for all of God’s wonderful creation.
The scripture writer, King Solomon, reflected upon this when he described the activities of the ant: ‘without having any chief, officer or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest’ (Proverbs 6: 7, 8). He applied the same point to humans: ‘he who gathers in summer is a prudent son’ (Proverbs 10: 5).
In the days before we were able to get year round strawberries, summer was the time of opportunity. Opportunities that were passing – and it made sense to seize them while we could. In Northern Ireland, we know only too well how important it is to enjoy the sunshine when we have it!
And just as summer quickly passes, so too does life: our ‘days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle‘ (Job 7: 6). The opportunities that life gives us, quickly pass.
In the life of the Lord Jesus we read about a time when ‘Jesus entered and passed through Jericho‘ (Luke 19: 1). It was the last time that He did. A little man called Zacchaeus, unpopular and despised, seized the opportunity of this last visit to meet Jesus. What a change it made to his life. As a result of that meeting, Jesus said: ‘this day is salvation come to this house‘ (Luke 19: 10).
Life presents us with similar opportunities. Opportunities to hear the word of God – opportunities to respond to the voice of God – opportunities to get right with God – opportunities to trust the Son of God. It was to an unbelieving crowd of religious men that Jesus said: ‘the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins‘ (Mark 2: 10). The time to be forgiven is now.
That opportunity for us is now: ‘now is the day of salvation‘ (2 Corinthians 6: 2).
It would be a disaster to reach the end of life with the realisation that ‘the harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved‘ (Jeremiah 8: 20).