“It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.” Psalm 74:17
Summer has begun and at each of the changes of the season we will do well to realize that it is God who gives us the physical blessings of life. We too should say with the Psalmist, “…you made both summer and winter.” The changing seasons are not the result of godless chance. Summer does not follow spring simply because of the earth’s movements. Science can explain about the vernal and autumnal equinoxes that indicate a change of the season. However, the entire universe is directed and controlled by God, and in His loving kindness He has granted us the many blessings that come with the seasons of the year.
How gratefully we should show our thanks for His blessings during the seasons. In the summer months many temptations may arise which will ask us to neglect our church attendance. Such temptations as recreation activities and the attractions of outdoor life are not good reasons for worshiping God in nature. Nature does not tell or proclaim a Savior who came to die on a cross because of sin and rise again from the dead to give eternal life. These recreation activities and attractions of outdoor life also ask us to deny our Christian character, and conform ourselves to the world.
Grateful to God for the gift of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, and mindful of His unlimited love for us, we ought to find in the beauty of each summer’s day a reflection of our “beautiful Savior, King of creation.” The desire for spiritual strengthening should bring us to the house of God every Sunday. People who would not think of missing their meals may too easily become so indifferent to the needs of spiritual food that they starve their souls for weeks at a time.
The devil takes no vacation, neither should we ask for spiritual holidays in which we forget our God and deny our Savior. On Sunday the church doors will be open to welcome us. We can enjoy every growth in grace, support our pastors and at the same time encourage the other members of our congregations by our attendance at worship.
We may take vacation time in the summer. However, God and the church do not. Summer time is still the season to worship our God and Savior.