Reading: Revelation 21: 1-6
Our world and sometimes our lives can be filled with pain and death and oppression and injustice. Sometimes these are things we must endure and get through. Sometimes they are things from afar that we may be able to alleviate through our engagement with the causes or by providing relief in some form. And sometimes they are things we see from afar and are powerless to affect the pain, suffering…
In Revelation we read that in the new heaven and earth, all will be made new. Coupled with the promise that there will be no more pain, tears, death, or mourning, the vision is for a place where all is good, where happiness and joy abound. It will be a place where all are content and where God’s love fills everyone and everything.
Sometimes, when one is locked in a deep struggle where there seems to be no hope and where there seems to be no way out, this promise of all things being made new is all one has to hold onto. We are reminded that God’s word is trustworthy and true. One day all will be made new and right. God also reminds us that He is the beginning and the end. This also means that He created each one of us and that He longs for us to return to Him, to dwell with Him.
When these are our promises, we can always look to the future and find at least this sliver of hope. In our lives we will draw on these promises from time to time. We will also have opportunities to share these promises with others. May we ever look to our everlasting God and ever seek to share His promises with the lost and hurting.