People Get Ready

Luke 65:17 (ESV) from the Revised Common Lectionary – Nov. 17, 2019

[Thus says the Lord God,] “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.”

We live within a changing universe. It is ever expanding and has been since its creation. We have yet to realize a reason for the expansion and have good reasons to believe the expansion is actually increasing, absolutely astounding. What is happening? We don’t know, but we know that every day we have “new heavens and new earth.” At its simplest understanding, everything in the sky and under our feet are moving and changing. Strangely, we humans do not like change. Even if we are miserable in our setting we are reluctant to move to another setting. This may have been the case with the first readers of Isaiah 65, miserable in exile but reluctant to change and move back to Jerusalem. So, through the mouth of Isaiah, the Lord encouraged God’s people to hope in the coming of “new heavens and a new earth.” Terrifying, perhaps, so the Lord described life in those new settings, beginning with, “the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.” That seemed to have been enough to encourage some of God’s people to return to Jerusalem.  I believe God is still making for us a new setting, where we “shall not hurt” any longer. Within an everchanging universe, change is also coming. Never let the former things come to mind. Are you hurting? Embrace God’s new heavens and new earth for you, get ready.

“God is change.” Octavia E. Butler, (1947-2006), Science-fiction author 

About Pastor Steve

Pastor Steve Hodges is an ordained minister, pastoring a church in central Virginia.
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