“And the one sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’” (Revelation 21:5a, NLT).

The last time my family and I moved, we were able to buy a brand new house. It was exciting being in a space no one else had occupied, with clean, fresh paint and no dings or scars of other people’s lives. Newness is something we all enjoy, whether a house, a car, clothes or even a baby. It symbolizes a fresh start and chance to do things right or better.

Earth Viewed From SpaceGod also seems to enjoy newness. He gives us new mercies every morning (Lamentations 3:23), makes us into new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17), will give us new names (Revelation 2:17), a new Jerusalem (Revelation 3:12) and finally, a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1). For everyone weary of the same old, same old, our God of new things offers the marvelous transformation of his grace, both now and in the future.

The newness of our house has worn off, but the newness of God’s love and grace will never fade. It will always be bright and sparkling, full of hope and life.