New

"And the one sitting on the throne said, 'Look, I am making everything new!' And then he said to me, 'Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.'"  Revelation 21:5

I don't know about you, but I love new things:  new babies, new cars, a new blossom on a flower, a new house, a new butterfly emerging from its cocoon, new flavors of ice cream, new clothes, and best of all, new life in Jesus Christ.

But, new circumstances . . . not so much.

Lately God has been lovingly teaching me that the same love I have for these other new things, I should also have for the new circumstances and adventures He has in store.  New adventures can be frightening because of the unknowns.  But with God, who has proven Himself always faithful, there is truly no need to fear.  When God does something new, He has a track record, and it's always far beyond our comprehension--in a good way.

The Holy Bible reminds us and teaches us this so beautifully in these passages:

"For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland" (Isaiah 43:19).

"That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, 'I have made you the father of many nations.' This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing" (Romans 4:17).

New things out of nothing.  

No one but God can do that.  Just like He sent Abram who became Abraham to a place he knew not for an adventure that still shapes our lives today, maybe--just maybe, He's leading you to something new.  And, we can be sure we will never have to go it alone, for our God will never leave us or abandon us (John 14:16; Hebrews 13:5).

One day, the very best new will come.  It will be our Jesus, living among us in a new heaven and a new earth, for the old will have passed away.  Revelation 21:5 says, "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared.  And the sea was also gone.  And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, 'Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.  All these things are gone forever.'”  How's that for a new adventure?

Is God taking you someplace new?

Saddle up your horses, my friend, there's a trail to be blazin' (Steven Curtis Chapman).

Goodnight, Runners.


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