New Heavens and a New Earth
Read Isaiah 65:17–19
“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create,
For I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
and its people a joy.
I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying
will be heard in it no more.”
- What do you think is meant by the “former things” that will not be remembered or come to mind?
- In much of the book of Isaiah before this passage, Isaiah predicts the coming judgment of the people of Judah and Jerusalem because of their idolatry and rebellion against God. Reflect on a time in your life when you have gone through something very difficult, and how you held onto hope in the midst of that experience.
- What activity, pattern of relating, or condition of heart do you need to repent and turn to God for to receive forgiveness, healing, and restoration?
Father, sometimes it is so hard to hold onto Your promises in the midst of pain. I don’t understand how You can watch suffering happen. But I know I don’t have Your perspective. I have seen Your love, I have heard Your promises, and I have experienced Your presence. I trust that You are good and that Your ways are higher than any I could imagine. Have Your way in my heart. Change it, break it, bend it, reset it, and heal it so it conforms in likeness to Christ. You are making me new. Reset my heart and mind on this truth. Amen.
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