I love this word. It’s rich and deep and full of hidden nuances. On the surface, who doesn’t love something new? For me, there’s nothing like a brand new pair of jeans or a sweatshirt, still bearing the crease lines from shelf-sitting. Heck, I’m easily tickled with a new pair of socks!
And yet every time I come across the word “new” in the Bible, I realize it rarely means the discarding of one thing and replacing it with something entirely different. No, when God talks about “new”, it’s usually in context with his work. i.e. he makes all things new. Another word I love, closely related to the idea of new, is renovation.
renovate: to restore to good condition; make new or as if new again; repair.
I get this idea that God is about restoring things and people to their intended purpose, but not necessarily to their original state. And this process is never a one-time deal. How awesome is this God who is continually at work in our world, constantly renewing our hearts and lives, and restoring us to his purposes! New days, new hearts, new songs!
What does new mean to you?