Pew news 03rd June 2018

What do compulsive shopping, incessant checking social media and continuous home improvement have in common?  Along with a whole range of other more obviously destructive behaviours, these are all driven – at least in part – by our insatiable longing for something new.

New is exciting.  New is stimulating.  New promises to relieve our deep boredom and distract us from really facing ourselves.  New clothes, new events, new experiences, new information.  We keep checking the Twitter account, refreshing the wardrobe or redecorating the house, sensing that we need something new.

The writer of the Biblical book Ecclesiastes said famously, “There’s nothing new under the sun” (1:9).  He knew that if we search for newness within this world, we will never find it. 

But there is newness to be found beyond this world. God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, always makes things new.  He has perfect freedom and creative power to introduce new wonders into this worn out world. 

If we had eyes to see it, we would see it in the creation around us. 

Everyday across this world people are coming to faith in him.  Hearing the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection, they believe.  And by the Holy Spirit, they become, “a new creation” (2 Cor 5:17).  Truly new things become possible.

And finally, Jesus will return and transform the heavens and the earth so thoroughly that they can be described as, “The new heaven and the new earth” (Is 66:22).

So when the sense that you must have something new, cry out to God instead.  Ask him to show you his newness, whether in his creation, in his word, or in the joy of knowing his power active in our lives.  That’s the only way to experience anything truly new.


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