Words from the Heart for Tuesday June 26th, 2018
For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.
Isaiah 65:17 (NRSV)
New Heavens and a New Earth
These words were told us by the prophet far, far in advance. Toward the end of the Bible, He repeats the promise. He has planned wonderful things yet to happen in the future! Our God is never limited by time. He is the Eternal One. “New” with our God really means new!
Newfoundland is the youngest of the Canadian provinces. Ironically, it is the oldest European place name in North America with some portion of its coast undoubtedly one of the first parts of the continent seen by fishermen and explorers from across the Atlantic. Since John Cabot’s arrival on the “new isle”, the island has been referred to as Terra Nova, or in English, Newfoundland. Labrador is likely named for João Fernandes Lavrador, a Portuguese navigator who explored the area in the late 1400s.
For many years, North America was called “the New World” by Europeans. Explorers came and went, settlers arrived and tried their best to set up colonies, and monarchs took as much of the natural resources – from silver to beavers – as possible. But it really wasn’t new at all – certainly not to the First Nations people who had been there for millennia. Only God can create something really new and He will do so one of these days. As far back as the prophet Isaiah, God spoke about creating a new heaven and a new earth. Listen to what He says in Isaiah 65:17, “For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.” Sin has marred God’s creation and the day is coming when He will fully restore what was lost. This is the blessed hope of the follower of Jesus. We have experienced His renewing power when we came to faith in Jesus Christ. And the work He began in the human heart will one day come to completion as He renews all that was damaged by sin.
These have been words from the heart.