"The Summer Is Ended"

J. D. Conley
September 28, 2014

The inconsolable prophet Jeremiah penned these poignant words, "...the summer is ended, and we are not saved" (Jer.8:20). Obviously he was not talking about the passing of a season but the dire circumstances of lost opportunity. Judah had failed to learn a lesson from Israel being carried away into Assyrian captivity in 722 B.C. Instead, they trusted in things they thought would override any sin of their's including idolatry. Things such as God's name registered in Jerusalem, Solomon's temple, and David's throne. Just as long as these things remained they thought the were unassailable. Even as Nebuchadnezzar's army besieged the city, they held out hope that he would somehow be unsuccessful and ultimately leave them alone. He did not. Finally, in 586 B.C., Jerusalem fell and Solomon's temple was looted and destroyed. Judah had squandered her opportunity to repent and turn back to God, hence Jeremiah tearfully writes "The summer is ended, and we are not saved."

Our Summer of opportunity has ended in a sense as well. Fall is now upon us, the greenery of Summer is giving way to the hues of Fall. Did we squander or use the opportunities that God afforded each one of us this past Summer? Did we teach a single lost soul? Or did we let the opportunity pass? Did we do our best to live pure and holy lives? Or did we engage in activities and frequent places unbecoming of a child of God? Did we strive to learn more about God's Holy Word? Or did we spend more time on facebook and watching TV? Did we pray more or play more? Our Summer has ended, can we confidently say, we are saved?

Let us not be guilty of the same types of things the inhabitants of Jerusalem were. Let us not take for granted that God is with us simply because we have been coming to this building for worship for many years. Let us not take our salvation for granted just because we wear the name of Christ. Let us not think that just by taking the Lord's Supper or dropping money into the plate that we have somehow pacified the Lord.

May we ever guard against deceiving ourselves into being saved. Time is moving on therefore let us seize every opportunity to live godly and productive lives for Christ. Unlike Judah, let us be willing to repent if need be, because the day is coming when our Summers shall end.