Reading: Isaiah 65: 21-25
In the new kingdom, all will be blessed. The works of the peoples’ hands will bring enjoyment. The homes they build and the crops they plant will be enjoyed. Nothing will be done in vain. Even before their prayers are spoken, God will hear and answer them. Life will be wonderful when the earth is renewed by God. The renewing will affect all things. Even the wolf and the lamb will lie down together! There will be absolute peace and all will be blessed by God Almighty. We long for the day!
The promise and hope in these words from Isaiah were just what the Israelites needed to hear. Times were very bleak and it was an easy time to begin to lose faith in God. Nothing in life seemed to be favoring the chosen people. While the people knew their situation was the consequence of their sins, at some point we all say, “How long”?
We too have uttered this question to God. Like the Israelites, we may have wandered from our faith and there is a consequence that we must endure for our choices. Often we too get to the point of longing to return to ‘normal’ in our lives. At other times in life, our time of suffering is not caused by us. We can be adversely affected by another’s sin or choices. We can also be affected by the circumstances of life – a diagnosis or sudden loss comes our way and we suffer and experience pain. In all of these scenarios, we long to move past and to come to terms with our hurt or loss, but it can be so hard.
The promise of a new heaven and earth cannot remove the hurt or pain or suffering. But it can give us a new sense of hope. In this promise we can find hope and strength and comfort and maybe even a little healing. One day all will be restored. May we cling to this hope. The promise is true!