“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’”
Revelation 21:1, 5
A friend of mine made a comment yesterday that has stuck with me. She said that there are all these beautiful places God has made that she wants to see, but she won’t ever see them all because the old earth is going to pass away. When Christ comes to reign on earth, it will have been made new. Which means that those places very well may not be there.
I can relate to the sense of disappointment. There is so much here that I want to see and experience. But my thoughts quickly began processing what the new earth will be like, and I realized that in Christ, we should feel a sense of excitement and hope as we dwell on the fact that creation will all be made new.
This world has astounding beauty. It can take our breath away. So just imagine what the new earth will look like. Because what we experience now is what God is tossing away. Once perfect, now its beauty is marred by the curse brought about by our sin. But hope lies in this: God makes all things new. The most jaw-droppingly beautiful sight on this earth won’t even compare to the beauty and wonders to come. Because that’s how our God works. He has better things coming. He’s saving all the best for us to enjoy forever.
I then made the connection…this is what He does in our lives. Our God is making us new. He is renewing our lives to beauty and joy that far surpass what was there before He started His work. So we don’t have to fear that we’ve hit our peak, that we’ve already experienced the best part of our lives and there’s nothing more to look forward to. God doesn’t work that way. He knows what He has planned for us. And He knows that those plans—all the new things He has in store as He leads and shapes our lives—are vastly better than what lies behind us.As we walk with Him, we are in a state of continual growth. Continually getting closer to our Lord and better able to see His brilliant glory. Our life as we know it will never be the same when Jesus takes control and begins working. Made entirely new. Shining with the glory of our God, because He is shining through us.
Momentary disappointments need not linger in our minds. We have hope in all things because we know who our God is, and we know He will never change. The God who created all that we see, the God by whom you were intricately woven, will remain the same for all eternity. Unending mercy. Everlasting love. Matchless power. Infinite glory.
“Of old you laid the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you will remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away.
But you are the same, and your years have no end.”