Advent Devotion – Saturday, December 22

Read: Isaiah 65:17-25 

Centering Verse: 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) 

Explore:

  • How has God renewed you?
  • What do you think God’s reaction is to all of the tragedies that we face in life, such as the ones named in this passage?
  • How might you be a source of healing for the world?

Reflect:

Even with all the information we have from the Bible, what Heaven is like is still a mystery.  We get snippets here and there, but there is a lot that is unknown.  Much of what we think we know about the afterlife has been shaped by misrepresentations in literature and popular culture.  Whatever the setting of eternity will look like, there will be a newness, a freshness, about it.  There is a consistent theme throughout Scripture that points to a significant degree of decay and degradation in creation since sin entered into our reality.  Things are not as they should be, and God is going to do something about it.  Renewal is God’s ultimate purpose.  Paul even writes in Romans 8 that the creation itself is groaning and waiting upon our renewal so that it too can be renewed.  God cares deeply for all of those elements of creation that he created in the beginning.  The soil, the air, the waters, the animals, the heavens—all of these will experience renewal with humanity.  Remember these words of Jesus from Revelation 21:5—“Behold, I make all things new!”  That even includes you!

Closing Prayer: LORD God, renew your people in love.

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