Why scriptures about spring? In part because embracing seasons of the year as well as seasons of life encourage and motivate us. Also, who doesn’t love themed Bible studies?
This is my second post on scriptures about spring and my goal for this one is to really break down the verses and make them easy to understand for people of all ages as well as for both new Christians and mature believers.
Often times these scripture round ups come from an idea I have for family devotions. Really digging into the word with my children is important to me and when the verses are all over the Bible it gives them the needed experiences finding them (I’m sneaky like that! You should see how many veggies they eat that they don’t know about).
Scriptures About Spring and How God Created Seasons
Science should always point back to God as creator. One of my favorite quotes comes from a scientist by the name of James Prescott Joules. He explains that it is through the exploration of the world around us that we get to know who God really is as He reveals Himself in creation. Isn’t that cool?!
My point with all of this is that the seasons are no different. Impress upon your kids the awe that the seasons were created by God. They were part of His plan and not something that simply happened on its own.
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;
Go back to the beginning! God created everything the way He did for a reason.
“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat, winter and summer,
And day and night shall not cease.”
We find these words after Noah’s flood. This is part of God’s promise never to destroy the earth with a flood again.
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His.
And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.
He reveals deep and secret things;
He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.
I love this verse! It reminds us that God is in control of all things, from the weather to politics. When your life feels like it is falling apart or you are discouraged by the state of the world, trust in these words.
Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.
His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth.
A note on latter and former rain. You have to understand Israel’s climate in order for latter and former rain to make sense. Here in the northern US where I live, seasons are very defined. Temperatures swing drastically from summer to winter.
Israel’s climate is less dramatic. They have hot dry summers and wet winter seasons. The latter and former rain refers to the first rain in the fall that softens the ground and gets it ready for planting and the last rain in the spring that gives crops their final growth boost before harvest.
To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted;
Another really encouraging concept in these scriptures about spring. Our lives have seasons just like the earth does. We are not intended to live in one state forever, but to cycle through the good and bad, prosperous and poor.
I learned how important this is when grieving the death of my beautiful daughter, Rebekah. Check out “A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance: To Everything There is a Season”
For as the earth brings forth its bud,
As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,
So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
A season of righteousness! What can you are your family do to bring that about in our country?
Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
“Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.”
God blesses our obedience. Sometimes it doesn’t look like prosperity, but He will always reward us for following Him with our whole hearts.
And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.’
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Patience. Not an easy thing for most of us! I think patience means to endure with grace the things that are set before us. Somedays that is more difficult for us than others. But we have hope. Jesus is coming back for us.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
I included this verse because it talks about a fruitful tree planted by a river and I think it is an important concept for our young people. Growing in faith, reading God’s word, seeking a relationship with Him is the way to be prosperous.
They do not say in their heart,
“Let us now fear the Lord our God,
Who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season.
He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.”
Most of these verses here are encouraging, but this one is a warning. Jeremiah is referring to the people who do not fear the Lord and do not acknowledge Him as all powerful.
The whole chapter has a beautiful underlying theme as God tells of the wickedness of His people. That theme is grace and forgiveness.
Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God;
For He has given you the former rain faithfully,
And He will cause the rain to come down for you—
The former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
We need a spiritual rain, don’t we? God fill us with your spirit, cleanse us from our wickedness and renew us.
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Scriptures About Spring: We are New Creatures in Christ
Did you notice that several of the above verses show a direct correlation between obedience to God and earthly blessing? I sometimes struggle with that because pain and suffering are running themes throughout the Bible. I would have to conclude that God blesses us both physically and spiritually at different times in our lives.
If we are struggling through difficult times, He is working on our hearts and growing us spiritually. As difficult as it is to accept, they are blessings.
I wanted to mention spiritual blessings before introducing these next verses because these are promises only to those who are walking in faith and obedience to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Spring is a time of new growth, awakening after the slumber of winter, and our own souls go through this process when we come to salvation.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Also check out these great scripture round-ups!
17 Bible Verses about Sunsets and Sunrises to Embrace Summer
25 Amazing Psalms for Strength to Help You Through Your Toughest Season
Scriptures about Spring: Free Printables
Who doesn’t love free printables? I find Bible coloring pages like these are great for kids (and adults!) for several reasons. Click image to download yours!
- The verses are often memorized without them knowing it.
- It keeps little hands (and even big ones) busy while discussing the Bible.
- They can help keep the whole family on the same page especially if you have a range of ages.
- They are nice to color and hang up where they will be an encouragement time and again.
I hope these scriptures about spring encourage your heart and grow your faith. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!