I’d never read the Bible through chronologically and in a condensed period of time (as you would read any other book) until two years ago. Now I’ve done it twice, and it’s changed my relationship to the Word of God in so many ways—one of which was totally unexpected.
I always dreaded history classes. Except for the two in high school that I enjoyed simply because I enjoyed the teacher. Other than those two classes, history was tedious and a chore. Traveling, I had little interest in historical spots. Drive on by, please.
Then I read the Bible. Through. Beginning to End. Alpha to Omega.
It changed my attitude toward history.
Because the Word lays out our history in the context of heaven’s influence and plan. It sounds a little crazy, doesn’t it, to say that reading the Bible gave me a new and exciting perspective on history?
It did. It does.
And in the history of God’s people and the world in general, you can’t miss that God is a God who makes all things new.
Look at all the words in Scripture that point to this work of God. He redeems. He restores. He renews. Re-creates. Cleanses. Purifies. Washes.
He makes new.
I’d somehow “lost” the Bible app on my phone…one that gave me a verse each day. It’s been “gone” for several weeks. I retrieved it this morning, and the verse that came up?
Come, let us sing to the LORD!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come to him with thanksgiving.
Let us sing psalms of praise to him. (Psalm 95:1-2)
That echoes my feeling as I think about our God, who makes everything new. He did not turn His back on us as a lost cause. He is working in us, creating us anew. He’s given us new life. He’s turned wildernesses into gardens, and deserts into oases. He brings dry bones to life.
He is the one who brings our salvation (rescue).
He created His beautiful world. He put mankind here to tend the creation. Humans decided, however, they’d rather go their own way.
Did He wipe us out? No. Did He turn His back and say, “Forget them” ? Nope.
Instead, He makes things new. He’s been promising it and doing it since Genesis. At this very moment, I’m sure there are some of His children confessing sin … and He will cleanse them. He’ll continue renewing, redeeming, cleansing, purifying—until, at the end of this earth’s life, the One on the throne will make everything 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.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 21:5-6)
And I have to add the rest of the verse. It doesn’t pertain to making all things new, but…it’s all just so wonderful and hopeful.
“To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.” (verses 6-7)
Sing to our Lord, the One who does not abandon us but rescues and makes everything new.
I am trusting you, O LORD,
saying, “You are my God!”
My future is in your hands.
Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
Let your favor shine on your servant.
In your unfailing love, rescue me.