The old saying, “Make hay while the sun shines,” is as relevant today as ever, encouraging economy of time and motion. I know that the summer is almost upon us and young people are getting out of school for the summer break. After a coldish winter, many of us are ready for the heat of those Texas summers. So, here are some words of wisdom from God on summer.
- “The ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer” (Proverbs 30:25). Granted, summer is viewed by our culture as a let-down-your-hair season but God, who made the seasons (Psalm 74:17), does not view the summer as a time to let up or let down. A Christian will be about the work of the Lord, even when many folks are more focused on recreation and leisure than their soul. Jesus used every opportunity productively, saying: “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4).
- “He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame” (Proverbs 10:5). A Christian will view the change of the seasons as yet another opportunity to serve God. This summer will be productive if we are diligent to keep God first in our vacation time, attend worship with the Lord’s people wherever we travel and exhibit Christian modesty and moderation as our culture shames itself in nakedness and reveling (Habakkuk 2:15).
- Finally, we must realize, even as we start the season, that all summers end. Jeremiah used the summer as a harbinger of destruction. Israel realized their Divine rejection too late and mourned: “The harvest is past, The summer is ended, And we are not saved!” (Jeremiah 8:20). It is a timely lesson that speaks to preparation for the inevitable: like the summer, our life will be gone sooner than we think. Jesus echoed a similar warning to a rebellious Jewish nation: “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it (the Lord’s coming) is near—at the doors!” (Matthew 24:31-32). When the Lord comes, will you be ready? Will you be saved?
The Christian should, indeed, look forward to the summer; what a great opportunity!