Officially, the first day of fall is not until September 22, 2017. However, with the hot summers we endure, here, we are entitled to call the sweet smell of relief that is now in the air – fall. As the blazing temperatures of summer fade into endurable warmth, we are reminded that God is faithful to keep His promise to faithful Noah and the earth: As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease (Gen 8:22 NIV).

In the dry heat of summer it seems as if the hot sunshine will never relent and the hard baked soil will never be moist, again. Except that God has promised He is sending the gentle coolness of fall, as long as the earth endures. The Bible tells us about our God that: He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning (Dan 2:21). Though in the heat of summer it seems as if there will never be any relief, we have a God who is faithful to keep His promise for this natural world and we now enjoy some relief from the coolness of fall and the rains that accompany it. God is faithful!

As great as God’s promise of seasons in our natural world are to us, He has given us even greater spiritual promises. These spiritual promises permeate our daily lives (Eph 1:3) and offer us the soul-satisfying hope of heaven. Just as sure as God’s promise of fall’s cooler temperatures, is His promise of our returning Savior, Jesus Christ: When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you will also appear with Him in glory (Col 3:4), and, again, But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

So, these next few weeks as you venture outside and you breathe in the life-giving coolness of this fall air, remember the faithful God, who sends it, and remember He is also our faithful God who keeps His promise to come back for us and bring us safely and glorious home to Him. God is faithful (1 Cor 1:9; 10:13)!

Peace,

Jay Don