New Heavens and New Earth – January 9, 2014 (Thursday)

Today’s Verses:

Isaiah 65:17-19

“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind.

But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create,
For I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
and its people a joy.

I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying
will be heard in it no more.”

Isaiah was a prophet who wrote to the people of Judah and Jerusalem between 740 and 680 B.C. During this time, Hezekiah and then Manasseh were the kings of Judah.

Today’s Questions:

What do you think is meant by the “former things” that will not be remembered or come to mind?

In much of the book of Isaiah before this passage, Isaiah predicts the coming judgment of the people of Judah and Jerusalem because of their idolatry and rebellion against God. Describe a time in your life when you have gone through something very difficult, and how you held onto hope in the midst of that experience.

Is there any activity or pattern of relating or condition of heart that you need to repent for and turn to God for forgiveness, healing, and restoration?

Today’s Prayer:

Father in heaven, sometimes it is so hard to hold onto your promises in the midst of pain and as I see the suffering in our world. I don’t understand it. I don’t grasp how you can watch it happen. But, I know I don’t have your perspective. I have seen your love, I have heard your promises, and I have experienced your presence. I trust that you are good and your ways are higher than any I could imagine. Have your way in my heart, Lord. Change it, break it, bend it, heal it so it conforms in likeness to Christ. Please shine a light on the dark areas where judgment lurks, hardness hides, and bitterness creeps and show me the way to wholeness.

Go A Little Deeper:

Review Isaiah 55:1-13 to read of God’s invitation to those who long to be satisfied.

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