Summer is Ended

by Richard Mansel, assistant editor
autumn10.jpgAutumn is an emotional time of year. The end of summer brings changes as the days shorten and the air chills. Leaves brighten and fall as death shrouds our world. Animals scurry to prepare for the winter, leaving us alone to face the elements. The psychological effect is unavoidable, even if buried in our subconscious.
In an agrarian culture, harvest is everything. If it fails, they have nothing. Autumn will bring bounty or fear.
The Irish Potato Famine comes to mind, in modern times. The nation had one staple food and when the blight came, massive starvation and migration occurred.
Ancient people knew their pain because their very existences relied on the harvest.
Jeremiah wrote, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” (Jeremiah 8:20, ESV).
The great prophet shed tears over the rebellion of Israel and pleaded for their repentance (Jeremiah 8:18; Jeremiah 32:16-25). If they refused to submit to God, they would find their graves desecrated and lose all they have as God’s wrath rained down on them (Jeremiah 8:1-3, 10).
The heartbreaking words of Jeremiah about the end of summer fill our hearts with sadness. “It would appear that we have here a popular proverb for a hopeless situation from which no deliverance or escape seemed possible.” /1
They sought solace, but found none. Hope had escaped them. Spiritually, without Christ, there is no answer for us, either (John 14:6). No hope exists without his love, grace and mercy (Ephesians 2:8-9). We are behind a locked door, without a key.
God’s view of unfaithfulness is unchanged today (Luke 13:3-5). “Without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6). We must remain with him until death, if we wish to enter heaven (Revelation 2:10). God knows that without him, Satan will find us easy prey (1 Peter 5:8).
We have no one to blame if we die lost. The summer has ended and we have failed to seize the opportunities available to us. If we persevere in our failures, we will find spiritual death (Revelation 20:11-15).
Jeremiah prayed for and pleaded with Israel for repentance. Someone is doing the same for us. Yet, we ignore their pleas. Summer is ended, and we are still lost. The tragedy leaves us speechless.
Please be saved before any more leaves fall from the trees (Romans 5:6-11; Acts 2:37-39; Acts 22:16).
1/ Wayne Jackson, Jeremiah and Lamentations (Stockton: Courier Publications, 1997), 306.

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