And then we buy the newest, nicest version and start over, fresh!
Sometimes we want God to do the same thing with our lives.
To just take away the things we don't like anymore, the things that aren't working anymore, the things we can't figure out, or think we can't handle anymore.
We just want a CLEAN SLATE!
Get rid of the hard and complicated. Get rid of the messes we've made. Make it all disappear.
Bring on the new! Yes, the new, the shiny, the modern, the easy, the comfortable, the safe, the secure!
But God is in the business of restoring, remodeling, renewing and redeeming!
The hard work of painstakingly taking something apart and fixing, cleaning, repairing, and reshaping.
And then putting it back together again.
Giving new life to the old one.
He doesn't just take away our problems, and rarely does He make the bad disappear.
But He does re-purpose them!
He is patient to do the painstaking work in us, walking with us, showing us the way through.
Correcting us. Teaching us. And helping us know what we should do.
So don't waste your time hoping for a lightning bolt - that finger of God to come and just ZAP your problems away.
But get ready to take His hand instead, and let Him mentor you, tame you, change and train you.
If you let Him, He will make you new!
...“Behold, I am making all things new.” ...“Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.