Weekly Devotional 061724

Enjoying the Summer Season with Jesus 

by Amy Ruiz 

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” –Genesis 8:22 

Summer is upon us! I don’t know about you, but this is one of my favorite seasons with a slower pace of life, long daylight hours, and lots of time outside. Summer is a season of vacations and trips to the beach, but it is also a good time to explore the meaning of the spiritual summer season on our walk with Jesus. 

The season of summer is the warmest time of the year and a time of growth and production as flowers and fruits bring fragrance, beauty, and delicious sweetness (watermelon, anyone?). The heat and warm weather symbolize joy and refreshment in our everyday lives. Similarly, in the spiritual sense, summer is a time of rest, joy, refreshment, and fruitfulness as the Bible frequently describes summer as a season of growth, blessings, fruitful harvests and God’s abundance.

In order to experience the fruitfulness of the summer harvest in our spiritual lives, we need to stay connected with Jesus. As Jesus said in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing.” This means connecting and listening to Him, taking time to follow through and live out His directions for our lives. Without watering our relationship with God, that relationship will be scorched and burned up. Jesus knows our thirst and is ready with His “living water” for us in the heat.  

That being said, can this summer be a time of spiritual growth and productivity for us? Can we devote more time to Bible study, devotions, reflection, and quiet time? Maybe we can use this season to deepen our prayer life. Being out in nature is the perfect stepping stone to spontaneous praise, gratitude, and worship. Our spiritual summer should be a time of making space to rest and find refreshment; to store up warmth and joy to look back upon during the cold and darker seasons. 

Just a note about some of the uglier sides of summer. While gardens may flourish, weeds can also sprout up. If we ignore those weeds, they can destroy the fruit. Part of our summer might be spent “weeding” our spiritual garden of those things that threaten to choke our relationship with the Lord. Before identifying the weeds, first recognize the good fruit, such as: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23a). Then we can look to uproot weeds such as worry, anger, impatience, etc.  

Let’s commit to connecting with Jesus each day. Maybe instead of reading the Word, we can listen to it. We could grab a few friends to talk and pray over coffee. Have Christian music playing in your home or car. Read books that fill and soothe your soul. Find new ways to serve. Find a church to attend when you’re out of town. Be creative and intentional about making Him a priority this summer. 

Dear God, Thank You for the seasons of life and that You are with us through them all. May we remain rooted in You, Jesus. Bring refreshment and joy to our lives this summer and allow us to see the harvest You have been preparing. Amen.

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