Spring sees the days getting longer and new life appearing all around us as the blossom and leaves start to come on the trees and new shoots start to come out of the ground. Endless amounts of daffodils spring up in gardens and along the side of many of our roads. It's also the time for the spring Lambs to be born and jump around the fields as they play together. As Christians we remember the amazing act of love demonstrated by Christ as He gave His life for us on the cross, opening up the way for us to have new life if we chose to. John 3:16 ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life’, and John 1:11-12 ‘He (Jesus) came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God’. Let these words be a time of spring and a new beginning in your life.
Next comes Autumn, and the nights start to draw in and the temperature starts to drop. What an amazing display of colour we get from all the trees as the leaves start to change from green, to reds, browns, oranges etc. We also look forward to celebrating the Harvest Festival and giving thanks for the Lord's provision as the land yields its abundant crops. James 5:7 ‘Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains’ and Philippians 4:19 ‘And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus’. God does not just meet our physical needs, but gives abundant provision for our spiritual needs as well. Romans 5:17 ‘For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!’
And finally there's Winter, which brings with it long nights, cold weather and a lot of rain or snow. Winter is also a time when all the streets and houses come alive with different coloured lights as we head towards Christmas and the celebration of the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Isaiah 9:6 ‘For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace’ and Matthew 1:20-23 ‘But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins’. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ (which means ‘God with us’).
As we progress through this year we will undoubtable encounter good and bad times in our lives, however the way we look at things can make a difference to how we are able to enjoy the good times and get through the bad. Jesus told us that we would have troubles in this world, but not to worry. John 16:33 'I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world’, and as we draw close to Him, He promises never to leave or forsake us. Hebrews 13:5 ‘Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’. So may you know God's peace and blessings on your life as you journey through this year and beyond. Shalom.
Author: Kevin Hunt
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