Words from the Heart for Friday June 22nd, 2018
But we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth. Godliness will live there. All this is in keeping with God’s promise.
II Peter 3:13 (NIRV)
A New Heaven and a New Earth
This promise of God gives us great hope and expectation. We can often become weary and feel the strain of the sin that happens in our world. The daily news brings us many concerns. Problems seem too great to solve. But, the Lord has promised a new heaven and a new earth. Sin will not be a part of that existence. What a marvelous hope is ours.
Canada has a new war hero – from a war over 70 years ago. On the evening of April 14, 1945, Canadian soldier Léo Major single-handedly liberated the Dutch town of Zwolle from the Nazis, in a story that’s almost too incredible to be true. The late Major kept his heroic deeds to himself. His son didn’t have a clue what his father had done until an official from the Netherlands arrived on the family’s doorstep 30 years later, bearing words of gratitude.
There is a tension in the Biblical view of this world. It refers to this world as filled with sin and fallen, far from the world that God created it to be. But it also speaks of it with great care and compassion – God loved the world so much that He sent His one and only Son to redeem it. In spite of the sin, pain and injustice that mark so much of our lives on this planet, God cares deeply for it. And He has a plan. The apostle Peter speaks of this plan in 2 Peter 3:13, “But we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth. Godliness will live there. All this is in keeping with God’s promise.” After God destroyed the earth with a flood, He gave the rainbow to remind us that never again will He destroy the world that way. In spite of sin, the world is filled with the beauty of God’s creation – so much so that Romans tells us that God can be seen in it. But He is going to perfect it one day – and all of God’s people long for that day to come.
These have been words from the heart.