John Eldredge is a well-known Christian author. He has often written about the time “when all things will be new.” It is an exciting thought! As all things on our bodies seem to need renewing, it becomes more and more interesting to think about.
John gets his premise from Revelation 21:1-4. No tears, no pain, no illness. Read Revelation 21-22 to get the full picture of what is in store for those who believe in Jesus as our Redeemer and Restorer. Wow! But, before then…..
I visited a new knitting group yesterday, and as a visitor, I mostly listened to the others. It was a group of mostly older ladies. They weren’t complaining at all, but they did talk about how life has restricted them physically. I think you know what I mean. One lady was talking about her balance and how she is very concerned about it and has gone to the doctor that gave her some exercises for her neck to help her with stability. I have balance problems, so I listened intently. It’s partly because one of her ears is slightly lower than the other and our ears have a lot to do with our balance. I listened to her intently with the hearing I still have because my ears are at different levels too.
Of course, we are all forgetful, and that was often brought up. Or was it? I forget. And we talked about how society has changed. There seems to be a lack of respect all over the place, whether in the store and restaurants or people on the street. The lack of community and closeness of family is hanging on by a thread. We laughed about it, but we grieve it too.
“All things new,” what does that mean to you? Walking a straight line without holding onto things is a good start, but I think there is much more. No more tears, no more death, no more pollution of the earth or our minds. Fresh air and clear water. Perfect flowers with no weeds. Love and respect everywhere for everyone. No glasses needed or hearing aids. We will pet the deer and the sweet fox. We will enjoy life like children and with children.
How can we be sure of whatever our imaginations come up with as “all things new?” For one thing, all God’s promises are true. Moses wrote the first five books of the Old Testament. He didn’t understand a lot about life and the earth because science as we know it had not come into being. Science is merely humans trying to understand what God created. Moses was just seeing what God created and hadn’t thought about the “how or why.” The books of Exodus through Deuteronomy are about God instructing the Israelites and Moses on how life works otherwise it would have taken forever for them to figure it out on their own. If we had to figure out life, relationships, finances, personalities, family ties, health, sexuality, and everything we experience on our own, at what stage do you think we would be at by this time? What if no one had told us how to be a society or civilized? Science helps us understand the more profound things in life, but it was always God’s doing. If you don’t believe me talk to someone who visits countries where they have not learned of God nor his instructions. Yikes! Those countries are very primitive.
Back to Moses—he wrote of things in the future he could not have known. He taught the Israelites stuff they would need as they started life and civilization in the land God promised them. If you don’t believe in the Bible, that’s your choice, but how do you explain Israel and the Jews? God promised Abraham that He would make him into a nation and all nations would be blessed through him. Do you know any other person who has become a nation? Does that nation still exist 7,000 years later? The only nation that can trace its existence back to one man is Israel. The only nation that has blessed all other nations is Israel. The way that happened is through the person, Abraham’s descendant, Jesus. Jesus came not only to teach us through his teachings but also through his example how to live in relationship with God. Then because of our weakness to actually live that way, He paid the price with his own life so that we can be in direct relationship with a holy God, not by effort or living perfectly, but by trusting in Him.
Trust is a hard concept as we get older if we haven’t learned to trust earlier in life. If anything as adults working and communing in the world we have learned to be wary and not believe without proof we can trust—and that takes several times learning to trust before we can trust with confidence.
The reason we know we can trust God is that what he told the Israelites in the desert is still what works today to help us be at peace with Him and with each other. We can trust God because every day His sun keeps rising and setting, and we still get rain for our crops and yards. We can trust Him because in the very beginning when Adam and Eve sinned, God promised a Redeemer. That Redeemer is Jesus Christ.
The second way we can be assured that we will one day be restored is to accept who Jesus said He was and trust Him with our future by asking Him to take away our sins and draw us to Himself. If this feels awkward, it’s not surprising. It is not your usual thought for the day. Find a pastor or Christian you trust and ask them about it. Your life will be different, and you will have hope. Will you instantly become a better person? Probably not, but you have the confidence to become a better, more joyful person. God told the Israelites when they were about to enter the Promised land that they would encounter many enemies. He said they would not defeat them all at once, but they would overcome them little by little. We have habits, lifestyles, addictions that encourage us to live apart from God. They could be considered our enemies, and they will not be defeated all at once—but it will happen little by little. Then one day “all things will be made new,” including you! Including me!
We can have hope in a future restoration of all things, including us!