The consistency of the Earth’s seasons is a reflection of its Maker and the steadiness of His character. James 1:17-19 tells us that: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from The Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
The change of ‘seasons’ (in this case year) can be an exciting time, filled with annual renewal activities and holidays that we look forward to experiencing. It can also be unsettling if we let worries of the unknown cloud our perspective.
When change appears on the horizon, here are three Bible verses to remind us to keep our eyes on God and the comfort His unchanging promises bring.
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 KJV
The consistency of the Earth’s seasons is a reflection of its Maker and the steadiness of His character. James 1:17-19 tells us that: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of His own will begat He us with The Word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
Our Father cares for every one of His creations, from the littlest sparrow to the mightiest leviathan. And He calls us more precious then these. We can rest assured in any time of uncertainty that His Love and provision for us will never fail.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV
Ecclesiastes gives us many examples of seasons we’ll face in life: times of birth, death, weeping and joy. The Bible shows us that experiencing good and bad times in our lives is normal and to be expected. Though its easy to hold onto our hope in happy situations, we shouldn’t let changing circumstances cause our faith to falter. Jesus promised us in John 16: 33 that: These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
God is with us in every season of our life. When we face the unknown, we can trust that He is in control and working out every situation for our good.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalm 1:3 KJV
God, You say in Colossians 3:21 for fathers not to provoke their children to anger, so they are not discouraged. Please help fathers and mothers to be careful with their words. Give them the strength to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger. Guide them with the grace that You have for them. We know there are no perfect parents, but through Your Holy Spirit, please help these men and women to live miraculously as parents who model You and the gospel to their children. We know that everyone sins and has fallen short of Your standard. Help these parents find the courage to entrust their children to the refinement process that You are taking them on. May their attitudes be positive and motivating to these young people.
Lord, You tell us in Psalm 78 to tell the next generation about what You have done. Verses 6-7 say, “So the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.” God we pray that parents would know how to witness and disciple the children You have entrusted to them. Help them to share Your gospel and teach Your Scriptures regularly in their homes. Enable them to use Your Word as an anchor for every way that they parent. We pray for wisdom in challenging situations. We ask for Your Spirit to guide them in decision-making with education, churches, activities and service as a family in the community. Please lead them in all things.
God, You are our perfect Father, and we praise You that You have an abundance of grace. For those parents who feel that they are failing or not living up to Your best, help them to find great grace and mercy. Give them strength to be changed by Your Spirit and walk in Your ways. We pray for men and women to teach Your Love and truth in a generation that is quickly running away from Christ and the Bible. Help these parents to know more of Your parenting for them so that they can parent their children like You. We thank you for this gift of fatherhood and motherhood and ask Your amazing blessings upon them. In Your name Jesus, Amen.