Restoration in the Midst of Uncertainty
Revelation 21:5 contains a promise I read every time I stand beside an open grave: “He who is seated on the throne says, ‘I am making all things new!’” The Bible talks specifically about new songs and new names; a new heaven and a new earth; new creation and new life. The Bible tells the story of ALL things made new in Jesus. Even death.
Given the times, I can’t imagine a better promise than the promise of newness. Given the times, we need reminders that God is still at work. We need to trust that trouble is not the end of the story. We need a hope that moves us toward a better future. We need to believe in restoration.
“He who is seated on the throne says, ‘I am making all things new!’”
Restoration fixes what is broken. Sets right what is wrong. Repairs damage. Overcomes evil. Redeems. Rehabs. Restores. Restoration makes all things new.
Right now I’m praying for restored resilience. I feel run down. Stressed out. Exhausted by uncertainty. This quote helped focus my prayer, “The big idea for building resilience in the midst of uncertainty is that cultivating meaning is the key to flourishing in all seasons of life, including when we are suffering” (Daryl Van Tongreren, Courage to Suffer).
The hope of all things made new gives meaning to our suffering. Joseph said it this way, “You meant it for evil, God meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20). Paul said it this way, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.” (Romans 8:28) “He who is seated on the throne says, ‘I am making all things new!’” We believe in restoration!
Pastor of Teaching & Leadership