As we continue making our way through the alphabet with our Alphabet of Faith series we come to the letter “N” this week. Interestingly, when I went to a Bible Dictionary and looked under “N” to see what were my choices there weren’t very many words of a serious theological/Biblical nature. But I quickly saw one word frequently associated with others words, primarily as an adjective, and that’s my choice!
“N” stands for New!
I found the phrases new birth, new covenant, new life, new command, new creation, new Jerusalem, new man, new order, and new song. God may be older than the hills (and the cosmos, for that matter) but He sure is into new! God is recorded as having said, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelations 21:5)
As the part of speech called an adjective the word new modifies a lot of nouns in the Bible, as you can see in the above list. Let’s bring this home for our own use: In what way do you need to be modified by God’s ability to make new? What is old, worn, tired out, or in some way far from newness in your life?
We’ve just about come all the way through spring, a time of nature being made new. I’m always amazed at how a dead-looking nature comes alive with an abundance of green, and other colors too. There’s a multitude of miracles of newness in God’s creation! How about thinking of that area where you need some newness and praying something to the effect, “Lord, make this new!” or “Lord, give me a new perspective!” or “Lord, help me to have a new attitude.”
Then too, God can use us to bring some element of newness into the lives of others. This often makes us feel renewed too, doesn’t it!
I want to re-quote the verse I shared earlier. Though it was spoken by God in reference to making things new in a most astonishing way sometime in the future, God is doing a lot of renewing now too! Let’s take His words to heart! “Behold, I make all things new.”