Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Rev. 21:1-6
We stand upon the transition from one year to another. We are also entering a new decade! The New Year is a natural time to consider changes in our lives.
As we begin a New Year (and Decade), we should continue to look for God’s new heaven and new earth – to wait with anticipation and hope for one day all will be restored – all will be made new.
And in the meantime, we wait with anticipation and hope for God’s intervention every day, for God is with us – that is His promise.
As you begin the New Year, consider your relationship with God. Are you experiencing Jesus as Emmanuel? Seek Him daily, offer your life to him daily, and realize that God’s dwelling place is truly among the people.
May God bless you abundantly in the New Year!