Devotion for January 24, 2023

“Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered nor will they come to mind.” (Isaiah 65:17)

Isaiah tells us a lot of new things are coming our way. So much new that we won’t even remember the “former things.”

In Chapter 65 he expounds on some of these things that will be forgotten:

Untimely death: (v. 20) “Never again will there be in [his kingdom] an infant who lives but a few days or an old man who does not live out his years.”

Unrewarded work: (v. 22) “No longer will they build houses and others live in them, or plant and others eat.”

Unrealized legacies: (v.23) “They will not … bear children doomed to misfortune.”

Unheard cries and unanswered prayer: (v.24) “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”

Dark devastating events that cause sleepless nights, anguished tears and overwhelming sadness all vanish in the brilliance of the new. I think it’s a perspective God wants us to develop now. Today. He desires his children to cultivate a view of the new.

We have the opportunity to receive new mercies every morning, no matter how badly we messed up the day before. We can walk in a new covenant that moves us from a relationship characterized by reading the manual to one where we are invited into the office. Each day offers the option to sip new wine, sing new lyrics and think new thoughts.

So prepare now for the new heavens and new earth. Go ahead. Go beyond having a good day … have a new day!

Prayer

Lord, as I rise to this day, let it be a new day — a day worshiping Your Name, and a day living in the saving grace of Your love! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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