Mt. Olive Lutheran Church



In many parts of the country, this is the time of year when leaves change colors and temperatures drop. The hot days of summer have been replaced by brisk autumn air and chilly evenings. Even if we miss the summer, something inside us leans into the change. We dig through our closets to find hoodies and sweaters. We make chili in the slow cooker and begin strategizing for fantasy football. We reflect on the past while wondering what the next season has in store.

Summer and fall are seasons in the most literal sense of the word; but not all seasons are determined by the tilt of the earth’s axis. Seasons can also be the result of events and life experiences.

Seasons in Scripture

The Bible has quite a bit to say about the change of seasons. The writer of Ecclesiastes famously says, “There’s a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). No matter what season we are in now, that season will eventually pass. There will be seasons of joy and seasons of suffering, seasons of certainty and seasons of change.

Job, for whom a season of comfort and prosperity was followed by a dark and despairing season, was able to say, “The LORD has given; the LORD has taken; bless the LORD’S name” (Job 1:21). And Paul, in Philippians, could say that he faced every kind of situation and had “learned the secret to being content in any and every circumstance” (Philippians 4:12b).

While there is plenty of change, uncertainty, and instability in the Bible, Scripture is clear that God’s love is constant. Psalm 136 includes the refrain, “God’s faithful love lasts forever.” Hebrews 13:8 tells us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!” Seasons will come and go, but God will always be there.

Changes in season, such as the recent transition from summer to fall, are opportunities for us to evaluate the seasons of our lives. We can look back on seasons of doubt and questioning, seasons of joy and activity, seasons of aimlessness, and seasons of hope and motivation. Reflecting may help us as we move through the current season of our lives.

Seasons change, but God is forever. As Christians we have responsibilities as we move through the seasons of our lives. We should praise God in good seasons and bad. We should give thanks for seasons of joy and health and pray for comfort and strength during seasons of despair. We should ask for wisdom in seasons of uncertainty and humility during seasons of prosperity. And we should lift up prayers of petition for those who are going through seasons of suffering.