There are things I wish I could change in my life and in my friends’ and family’s lives, things that, barring a miracle, will not change. My son has a disability. He has come so far and yet I ache to see what he still struggles with, and how down he gets on himself when he just can’t do better, when other kids are downright awful to him or even physically abusive. It would be too much except for this incredible promise God has made…
“Behold, I am making all things new…” (Is 43:19, Rev 21:5)
When Jesus rose from the dead, He was our first glimpse of the renewal of everything. His body could no longer suffer or even be constrained by walls or gravity. And yet he could touch and be touched, he could eat. God is going to swallow up death and decay and autism and cancer and depression and loneliness and even stubbed toes in glory and peace. There will be no more suffering. The lion will lay down with the lamb – there will be no more bullies. The malicious will have no place in the new creation, when Jesus returns and puts an end to darkness.
The Day is coming! It may even be today!
Hallelujah! He is risen! He is risen indeed! And death’s days are numbered. Take a moment today to dwell on the promise, to drink it in, to praise Him in hope of what is to come!
Thank You Lord for this incredible, unassailable hope! Today, transform each of us by it, cause us to pause and lay down our aches and burdens at your feet and rejoice that You will not leave things as they are. That renewal is coming. Strengthen our faith as we wait on You. And Lord, please lighten our loads of grief even now. In Jesus Name,