The leaves are beautiful this time of year, as are God’s assurances in these verses.
Here in the mountains of North Carolina, fall is a spectacular time when God paints the leaves in vibrant red, bright yellow and vivid orange. Add in burgundy, green and brown, and it’s beautiful beyond words. And since our house is surrounded by woods on three sides, I get a fresh new view every day.
Yesterday, I stood at the window and watched falling leaves float gracefully in the wind. It almost looked like it was snowing leaves. As I walked out on my deck, I smiled as I heard the sound of dry leaves crunching underfoot.
But there’s one more thing that I think of when I look at God’s autumn handiwork on the leaves, and that’s His “leaves” in the Bible. I thought I’d share some of them with you today:
For He Himself has said, “I will never LEAVE you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not LEAVE you nor forsake you. (Joshua 1:5)
And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not LEAVE you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8)
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not LEAVE you until I have done what I have spoken to you. (Genesis 28:15)
And David said to his son Solomon,“Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God—my God—will be with you. He will not LEAVE you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord. (I Chronicles 28:20)
I will not LEAVE you comfortless: I will come to you. (John 14:18)
I think that’s so awesome that I can see His promises and tie them into the seasons of my life. Thank You, God, for the colorful display of the autumn leaves and for the sweetness of the “leaves” that You’ve left for us in Your Word.
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