The days grow shorter, the leaves are changing color and fall, and the nights grow cooler. Autumn begins. Autumn comes after a very heated and muggy summer and gives a sudden relief to its victims. The country side becomes a flower garden of gold, red, orange and yellow. Vacations are over, children are back in school, and our lives settle into a more organized pattern.
Yet, each Autumn is a reminder that the seasons of nature truly parallel the “Times of our lives. ” We are reminded that every living thing (plants, animals, and humans) have their natural cycles. Job wrote, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down.”
Later in a Psalm attributed to Moses it is written: “As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, of it due to strength, eighty years, yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away” (Ps. 90:10).
Whether you are in the spring, summer, fall or winter of your life, you need to be realistic enough to plan for the future. No, not the future of this life, but rather your eternal life. In Luke 12:16-21, Jesus tells a parable in which he describes a successful farmer who worked, hard and made preparations for a long retirement of “Many Years.” The rich farmer’s mistake was in making all his plans and provisions for this world and this life. God said the man was a fool because, on the brink of retirement, he had laid up treasures for himself in this world but he was “not rich toward God.”
In Colossians 3:2, Paul encourages one and all to set their affection “on things above, not on things on the earth’.” And in 1 John 2:17, John explains, “And the world passes away, and the lust thereof; but he that does the will of God abides forever.”
As surely as winter will follow the Autumn , so death and judgment will follow this life. Every person will appear before Jesus to answer for the deeds done in the body (2 Cor. 5:10).
Life is very short, so don’t waste it loving the world (Jam 4:14 f; 1 Jn 2:15,16). As we use the mild days of Autumn to prepare for the winter that will follow, I urge you to use the days of your life now to prepare for judgment to come! And if you are wise and are young, you will not wait till the Autumn of your life to begin planning for the life to come. A few will not make it past the Spring of their life (Eccl 12:1). Even more will not make it through the hot Summer of their life. As Amos warned Israel, so say I now unto you, “Prepare to meet your God!” (Amos 4:11,12). Now is the acceptable time; Now is the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2).