Saturday, February 5, 2011

Reflecting on summer in the middle of winter

In the middle of the frigid temperatures and mounds of snow, let's join John Piper as he contemplates summer in his devotional entitled A Godward Life:
Every season is God's season, but summer has a special power.

Jesus Christ is refreshing, but flight from him into Christless leisure makes the soul parched. At first it may feel like freedom and a\fun to skimp on prayer and neglect the Word, but then we pay: shallowness, powerlessness, vulnerability to sin, preoccupation with trifles, superficial relationships, and frightening loss of interest in worship and the things of the Spirit.

Don't let summer make your soul shrivel. God made summer as a foretaste of heaven, not a substitute. If the mailman brings you a love letter from your fiance, don't fall in love with the mailman. That's what summer is: a glistening letter of love to show us what he is planning for us in the age to come-"things that the eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him" ( 1 Corinthians 2:9). Don't fall in love with the video preview and find yourself unable to love the coming reality.

Jesus Christ is the refreshing center of summer.

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