Today’s Reading: Isaiah 64-66
Today’s Reflection: Isaiah 66:22-23
22) “For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the LORD, so shall your offspring and your name remain. 23) From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the LORD.
In the end, the Kingdom of God will stand forever.
Many of the promises God made to Israel were for a time or under certain conditions. The Promised Land was given exclusively to Israel for a time, until disobedience led the children of Israel to lose control over it. The Kingdom of Israel only survived the reign of a handful of kings before being split in two, then eventually dissolved altogether.
God makes numerous promises to us all: for healing, provision, protection, and direction. But in this life, these promises are limited by inevitabilities: each life faces obstacles, trials, challenges, tribulations and ultimately death.
But there is one ultimate promise, sealed by the sacrifice and redemptive work of Jesus Christ, that is eternal in its impact: the promise of a place in God’s Kingdom for those who receive Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour. These are the people who will remain as long as the new heavens and the new earth: eternally. This is God’s ultimate purpose for us: to be reunited with Him forever. And as God has been faithful in everything He has promised so far, we can have complete confidence in this promise as well.
John 14:1-4 – 1) “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2) In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.