John spoke about this in Revelations 21:1-4 (NIV) when he said, “Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
God can and will redeem all that the Coronavirus has taken from us, but it will not be done by restoring life as it once was. This would be a far inferior outcome to what God has planned. God’s redemption will be to restore heaven and earth to what it was always intended to be: perfect.
In God’s new heaven and new earth there will be no sickness, unemployment, death, despair, or sorrow. It will be better than life has ever been on earth. This is worth waiting on and believing in as we endure a very difficult and uncertain reality here on earth. We can look to God with confidence and anchor our hope in one day spending eternity with Him who has the power to redeem all things.
Kia Stephens is a wife and homeschooling mom of two who is passionate about encouraging the hearts of women. For this reason, she created The Father Swap Blog to help women exchange their father-wounds for the love of God the Father. Kia is also the founder of Entrusted Women, which she created to equip Christian women communicators of color. Kia's writing has been featured on Ann Voskamp's blog, Christianity Today, iBelieve.com, Beloved Women, Crosswalk and Incourage. When she is not writing or serving women, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. You can connect with Kia at www.kiastephens.com.
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