Winter seems to take a bad wrap everywhere I go. Yes, the temperatures are cold, and when you step outside, the grass is dead, and everything looks bleak. But I like all the seasons: well almost all. Sometimes I would like to skip summer.
I was reading 1 Peter 1:24 the other morning. It says, “For all flesh is like grass, and all the glory of man like a flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls away.” Oh, this is so true. In the flesh we flounder and stumble. Sometimes in our life in the flesh, we wither and fall away. But verse 25 gives me comfort. “But the Word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the Word which by the Gospel is preached unto you.”
In the winter season of our spiritual lives, we cannot escape trials. The blessing comes as we know and realize that “the Word of The Lord endures forever.” The love of God keeps us together. God preserves our soul, yet I have a responsibility, as my Pastor preached today, “to guard myself from losing my perspective on grace.” God’s grace keeps me from being confounded. “Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture; ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious; and he who believes in Him shall not be confounded.” (1 Peter 2:6) When we put our trust in God and His Word, we will not be confused or bewildered.
This is God’s promise to me. When the earthly storms howl, and the seasons of life assault my soul, I know that winter will end, and spring will come. Yes, the eternal spring will come to my soul. The Word of God endures forever. The Gospel makes this all possible. “For the love of Christ constrains us, because we thus judge, that if One died for all, then all were dead. And that He died for all that those who live should not henceforth live unto themselves but unto Him Who died for them and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yes, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more. Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things are past away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-17)
The seasons of life, with their changes, come and go. But we long for the eternal spring in the presence of our Savior: no more cold and lifeless surroundings of winter trials, but all is life and light.