Scripture Lesson:

For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

Isaiah 65:17

Meditation

There is something exciting about getting something new. Whether it is something small like a new tube of lipstick, a sweater or a new toy, or something larger like a new car or a new house, getting something new brings on an exuberating feeling.  Getting something new often triggers a feeling of “new beginnings” or hope.  We may even make a decision to do better in a certain area because of receiving something new.   For instance, we may decide that we will keep this new car cleaner than we did the old car.  Getting something new can trigger a change in attitude and mindset.

Our promise today focuses on new items that are huge. It is not about new clothes, new gadgets, new cars or new houses.  It is about a whole new world, complete with new heavens (notice that this is plural) and a new earth.  This new world comes with a whole new operating system.  There is no crying in this new world.  All of the struggles that we have become accustomed to in this world are erased in this new world.  There is no premature death in this new world.   People will enjoy the “work of their hands” and the accomplishments that they have made.  As you read further in the passage, even the animal kingdom will operate under a new system, such that wolves and lambs will eat together.

Both the Apostles, Peter and John, saw this prophetically. Peter describes in 2 Peter 3:10-13 the passing away of the old heavens and earth.  John describes seeing a new heaven and earth in Revelation 21:1.  In this new earth, sometimes referred to as “New Jerusalem”, everything is new; new streets, new gates, and even a new way to relate to God.  We are told in Revelation 21 that God, Himself, will dwell in the city with His people.  He will be such a light that even the sun and moon are relieved of their duties.  Now that’s a new world!

Affirmations

New things are coming into my life. I have a renewed sense of hope.  I look forward to the new heavens and new earth that God has created.  I am so grateful for the new outlook on life.  I praise God that He is faithful.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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