3 Bible Verses for Summer

Three Scripture passages to help you enjoy the summer season

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For most people around the world, the summer months are good months. Kids are out of school. Families are on vacation. Sun-bathers can catch all the rays they want at the beach. Movie-lovers get a whole new season of blockbusters to enjoy.

Summer is great!

Going deeper, summer is also a great time for spiritual renewal and inspiration. Summer helps us appreciate our Creator and the tangible evidence of His goodness in the world around us.

With that in mind, here are three Scripture passages that will get you engage the summer season on a spiritual level.

Genesis 1

When we think about things like the sun, the ocean, the beach, and so on -- it's important to remember that each one represents an intentional element of God's creation. They are all part of God's good design for our world, which we can read about in the Book of Genesis.

Here are some sample verses from Genesis 1:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:1-9

Psalm 148

As we contemplate the gifts God has given us through creation, it's important to remember that the proper response to those gifts is praise. We can use the natural world as a springboard for worshiping our Creator.

That's the message of Psalm 148. Here's a sample of what I mean:

Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels;
    praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon;
    praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens
    and you waters above the skies.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for at his command they were created,
and he established them for ever and ever—
    he issued a decree that will never pass away
Psalm 148:1-6

1 Corinthians 13

In addition to fun and sun, summer is a time for romance. And, contrary to what many people believe, the Bible is filled with a number of expressions of love -- not just God's love for us, but romantic love as well.

The most popular expression of love in the Bible has to be 1 Corinthians 13 -- often referred to as the "love chapter." Here's how it starts:

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8

Don't waste the summer season with superficial entertainment.

Allow the wonder of summer to help you gain a deeper and more meaningful connection with God and His Word.