17 “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth.The former things will
not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.18 But be glad and rejoice
forever in what I will create,for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and
its people a joy.19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my
people;the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.
20 “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days,
or an old man who does not live out his years;the one who dies at a hundred
will be thought a mere child;the one who fails to reach a hundred will
be considered accursed.21 They will build houses and dwell in them; they
will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.22 No longer will they build houses
and others live in them, or plant and others eat.For as the days of a tree,
so will be the days of my people;my chosen ones will long enjoy the work
of their hands.23 They will not labor in vain, nor will they bear children
doomed to misfortune;for they will be a people blessed by the LORD, they
and their descendants with them.24 Before they call I will answer; while
they are still speaking I will hear.25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox,and dust will be the serpent’s
food.They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says
1. Silence – Read/Listen – Meditate – Pray – Contemplate
2. In this joyful passage God promised a bright future for those who
love and trust the Lord. And this new creation comes into being for
us through Jesus Christ (II Cor 5:17); our new lives will be holy and
godly (2 Pet 3:11-13); and ultimately we will be in the new heaven
and earth with God for eternity (Rev 21:1-5).
3. What is the word or phrase that touches you today as you read and
meditate on this passage? Which of the New Testament application
of this heavenly vision especially strikes you now? Why?
4. Try to picture your life without any of the causes or results of grief,
sin and pain. What would that free you to be? How would this vision
of what God will bring about affect the way you deal with the
struggles you do face now?
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.