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Happy Fall Y’all!
When did Fall get to be so happy anyway? I don’t remember it always being so popular. Do you?
Could it be that Starbucks started this whole cozy-autumn-pumpkin-spice craze? I don’t know. Maybe it’s been around all along and I just didn’t notice because I live in Florida!
This thought process all started because I had a request for a Fall printable. I was happy to oblige because I’d like to have one in my house too. Even though I did Hebrews 12:1 in fall colors a couple of weeks ago, I really wanted a verse about Fall.
So I went to look up all the Bible verses about Fall or Autumn so I could choose one to hand-letter. I don’t think I’ve ever done that before and, well, it turned out quite interesting.
This article by David Jeremiah caught my eye because he said that Autumn only occurs once in the Bible.
That can’t be right, can it?
Seems like I’ve seen it in there more than once.
Keep in mind that I am a new fan of David Jeremiah after seeing him speak a couple of weeks ago right here in my little ‘ol town.
Nevertheless, I decided to put Acts 17:11 into action to examine the Scriptures “to see if these things were so.”
So off I went to biblegateway.com and I typed in autumn and hit the search button.
Well, it turns out the answer depends on which version you’re checking.
In the King James Version (and the NKJV) there is indeed only one instance of the word autumn. But, most other versions have 3 – 6 instances, with the New Living Translation having the most at a whopping 17.
The NLT has more instances because it takes the author’s meaning (rather than exact words) and puts it into our modern language.
For example, not many people say, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater” anymore. For one thing, bathwater now goes down a drain instead. But can you see how that expression would be better translated to future generations by telling the meaning of the phrase, rather than the exact words?
Side note on different Bible translations: Lifeway.com explains, “While God is the author of all Scripture, the human writers wrote in three languages. Because these languages don’t translate perfectly into English, translators must decide whether they are seeking to convey the exact words or the central idea of the original text. These translation philosophies are often referred to as ‘word-for-word’ or ‘thought-for-thought.'”
Just in case you are wondering what version I prefer, I can’t live without my parallel Bible that has the NLT (thought-for-thought) and the ESV (word-for-word) side by side. That’s the best of both worlds! (Ha – there’s another expression better translated thought-for-thought!)
Anyway, back to Autumn!
Let’s see if you find this as fascinating as I did. I looked up the 6 most-listed verses with the word autumn, and guess what common denominator they had?
Not pumpkin spice. Not cozy. Nothing about winter coming.
Something I didn’t expect …
Jeremiah 5:24 (ESV): They do not say in their hearts, ‘Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.’
Jude 1:12 (NLT): When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord’s love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you. They are like shameless shepherds who care only for themselves. They are like clouds blowing over the land without giving any rain. They are like trees in autumn that are doubly dead, for they bear no fruit and have been pulled up by the roots.
Deuteronomy 11:14 (NIV): then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil.
Psalm 84:6 (NLT): When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
Joel 2:23 (NIV): Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.
James 5:7 (NIV): Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.
Did you see it too? You’re so smart.
They all talk about rain!
Well, my first thought is: wait a minute – Fall is not usually associated with lots of rain. In fact, one of my sons got married in October just because it’s considered a dry month – at least around these parts.
So what does God want us to know about these autumn rains?
Maybe that they are refreshing during the dry season?
More like HE is refreshing.
Just look back through those verses above. He makes it crystal clear that He alone sends the rain … and right when we need it. And we do need it in order to have a harvest. We might have to be patient for it, but we can be confident that He is faithful and knows just the right time.
David Jeremiah says, “The world may fade, the stars may fall, the seasons may change, and winter may come. But the God who has been our help in ages past is our hope for years to come. In Him we have permanence, stability, joy unshakable, and life unending.”
Jeremiah 14:22 (Amp): Are there any among the idols of the nations who can send rain? Or can the heavens [of their own will] give showers? Is it not You, O Lord our God? Therefore we will wait and hope [confidently] in You, For You are the one who has made all these things [the heavens and the rain].
Well, that settles it! Fall is indeed a happy season.
Cozy up with the Lord and let Him reign on you this Fall!
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