Reading: Revelation 21: 1-6
Today’s reading reminds us that one day there will be a new heaven and a new earth. In this new and restored creation God will dwell among His people, just as He did at the beginning of creation when He walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the garden. All things will be made new and there will be no more pain or tears or violence or anything else that is sinful. All will dwell in God’s love and presence.
At times, when experiencing a very difficult trial or when our health becomes very poor, we long for this new heaven and earth to be here now. The idea of such a place where all is right and new sounds so good in the midst of the valley. For many whose faith is solid, death is simply the first step into God making them new and whole again.
But this passage is not only about a time and place somewhere in the future. It is a present tense promise as well. In verse five it reads, “I am making everything new!” and in verse six we are promised water from the spring of eternal life. God will not only restore the whole earth one day, He wants to begin to make each of us into a new creation in Him. God’s desire is for us to begin living into this new life now. Once we enter into a personal relationship with God, He offers new mercies each day, a restoration of the brokenness in our lives each day.
The days of abundant and joyous life do not have to wait until we enter heaven or until when the new heaven and earth comes. God wants us to begin to experience a taste of that life here and now. Through trusting in God now, we begin to experience His promises and blessings now. May we live each day with God’s love and restoring power as a daily, present reality.