”…….Behold I make all things new……” Revelation 21:5
Those are the words of the creator of Heaven and Earth.
The turn of a new year is usually a time for us to take stock of our lives, examine ourselves, evaluate and think of the way we would live our lives. Though the day itself is not different from any other day of life, the wisdom of doing this is found in the words of the psalmist which says “Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”. Therefore, it is not only wise that we celebrate the turn of a new year, we also ought to count our days, years and time and think of how we can apply our hearts to wisdom.
What is applying your heart to wisdom? It is finding wisdom; the Psalmist is recommending here that one of the ways to find wisdom is to number your days the way God teaches us. God’s example to Israel is one of the ways we know how to number our days, their days where numbered to remember God always and all that He has done for them, while also looking forward to what is to come. One of the things we are guaranteed will happen in the future is the MAKING OF ALL THINGS NEW.
In our world today, it is very often the case that we look at all that is going on around us point a finger at God, judging Him, second guessing Him, critiquing Him and sometimes cursing Him. Another effect of looking at all that happens around us horizontally without an upward look is that oftentimes we are disillusioned. We do not see the world for what it truly is.
The world is growing old, the universe is getting old. Everyday, there is a pointer to this fact, the evil that pervades our society, climate change and many more all point to one thing. That our world as we know it has an ending. It cannot go on like this forever, the only way it continues like this is if our creator was wicked or we had no creator at all. Our Creator is good and probably the best of them (Psalm 106:1, 1 Chronicles 16:34).
As you read these words, I do hope that you find comfort in my following words and that hope breathe in you and makes you alive (I John 3:3). Also, I pray that you find hope in the one who can bring hope in the old because he makes the old new and makes us new while the old lasts.
The Bible says in Revelation 21:1-8.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
It’s always been God’s purpose to dwell with His creation. The book of Genesis shows this (Genesis 3:8) and it is repeated here in verse 3. Verse 4 proclaims something that is impossible to the human mind but somehow, we all still long for or strive for despite the present state of affairs, a world with no pain, no tears, no sorrow and no death. This will be, because the Creator has promised it and He is not a man that He should lie. More so, He affirms this by saying it should be written down because those words are true and faithful.
A word that is both true and faithful is a sure word. It is not a bounced cheque. To analyse a bit, a man could be said to be a faithful liar, this means that you could rest on the fact that whatever he says will be a lie, on the other hand the words of a man could be said to be true but not faithful; this is to say that though he speaks the truth he does not have the capacity to follow through with it. Therefore, a true and faithful word is one which cannot be faulted because the one who speaks them will surely follow through on every word that He speaks.
So be rest assured that you will live in a world without everything that makes this world terrible. Moreover, the promise to make all things new has started already. God has been making humans new creatures through Christ. In Christ every man or woman, boy or girl is made a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17). So, the question to you is, have you been made new? Everything in the new Heaven and Earth must be new.
Furthermore, He goes on to state that there is a need to overcome, those who have been made new must overcome. What are we to overcome? the answers are found all through the Bible.
We must overcome:
- The World
- Evil with Good
- The Wicked One
The Overcomer lives everyday knowing that this world is not his and does not fall in love with it, the overcomer knows evil is what makes this world what it is now and knows that he must not be a partaker of it if he must enjoy the world to come, the overcomer knows there is a wicked one and he/she must not be deceived by him but resist him at all cost, till His redeemer puts all things under his/her feet.
And the Bible gives us the tools with which we must overcome. An Armor that has lasted for closer than 2000 years (Ephesians 6:10-18).
So, as we step further into the new year, keep your eyes on the NEW. Don’t be carried away by this old world. Be all that you want to see in the NEW WORLD. Be fruitful, have dominion and let the One who makes all things new be with you every step of the way.
Happy New year.
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