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Summer Devotions for Adults

Summer Devotions for Adults

Posted by Dave & Katie

July 26, 2021

Summer is a beautiful season. Flowers are in bloom, and the sun shines most of the time. School is out, and the pace is often slower, making it a time of refreshment and renewal. Our vegetable gardens overflow with abundance. Summer is joyous because of God's grace and benevolence.

Summer also is sometimes stressful. While we look forward to going on vacation, sometimes we feel stress getting packed, meeting our itineraries, and paying for everything. We may share apprehensions as our children are promoted to a new school or as our young adult children prepare to go off to college.

Bible devotions for summer can help remind us of the beauty and abundance of summer. They also can help us through the stresses of summer. Here are some Scriptures to spur your own summer devotional thoughts.

Scripture for Summer Joys

One joy of summer is its beauty. We can praise God for this beauty with Psalm 96. A portion of that psalm reads:

Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

Another Scripture verse that can remind us of the joys God has created is 1 Chronicles 16:32 to 34:

Let the sea resound, and all that is in it;
let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!
33 Let the trees of the forest sing,
let them sing for joy before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.

34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

Using these Scriptures daily can help us to remain joyful and to project that joyfulness to others.

Scripture for Summer Stresses

Scripture also can help us cope with stress by reminding us of all that God does for us and of God's constant presence. If we feel stress, we can recite these Scriptures daily.

Romans 8:28 reminds us that no matter what happens, God will bring good from it. It reads, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

Deuteronomy 31:8 reminds us that we never go anywhere without God, and is comforting if we are going into a new place or to someplace that is difficult for us. In the New International Version translation, it reads: "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus addresses worry, which is a major source of stress. He says: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you, by worrying, add a single hour to your life?”

Scripture for Summer Reflections

Scripture for Summer Reflections

Because of its slower pace, summer often provides us with time to reflect. We reflect upon the year so far; we reflect upon this summer and past summers. While we sometimes wallow in the difficult aspects of our lives, God hopes that we will spend time dwelling on the positive, joyful parts of our life.

To help us remember and reflect on the joys of the past, our daily devotions about summer might include these Scriptures:

  • To reflect on the treasures God has given us. Matthew 13:44: "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field."
  • To reflect on how we praise God with joy. Psalm 27:5: "And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord."
  • So that our joy will bubble over in laughter. Psalm 126: 2-3: "Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them. The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy."
  • To express the joy of remembering. Hebrews 12:1-3: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
  • Christian devotions for summer are important in helping us to remember that God is with us no matter what happens. They also help us remain joyful and let that joy flow and bless the lives of others. Repeating these Scriptures often helps us grow in faith, too.

    We can also wear these and other joyful Scriptures to remind us and others of God's goodness. Love in Faith offers several tee shirts and other items that spread the joy of summer.