Daily Devotion, September 25, 2020 - God Makes All Things New

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Today’s Devotion – September 25, 2020
Reading:
Rev. 21:1-5; Is. 43:18; Ecc. 1:9; John 2:1-11
Weekly Theme: God Supplies Our Every Need
Today: God Makes All Things New


Simon Tugwell, a Friar in the Dominican Order, is an author of many books to include Prayer: Living with God. Tugwell shares the words of St. Augustine in reference to the Lord’s miracle of turning the water into wine. Augustine says, “At the wedding that day he made wine in the six waterpots he had filled with water; but he does the same thing every year in the vines. The servants put the water into jugs, and he, turned it into wine in just the same way the Lord turns into wine the water that the clouds drop. Only that does not amaze us because it happens every year. So the Lord, kept back certain unusual things for himself to do, to wake us up with miracles to worship him.” Tugwell goes on to say that “the miracle that breaks the rules” (turning water into wine) reminds us that the “rules themselves…” (water that drops from the clouds) …”are miraculous.”

This week we have focused on the wonderful, spiritual reality that God supplies our every need. One of those needs that God supplies for us is the sense of wonder, surprise and bewilderment about the everyday miracles that surround us daily. We all have Ecclesiastes moods when we say “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecc. 1:9). As an example. right now, each day we see the same old hate-filled rhetoric on the news. In fact, as I type this devotion, I hear nothing but angry rhetoric coming from the TV in the next room and the radio on the deck. The “same old bad news everyday” mentality is a choice… I can turn the two sources of bad news off and devote my mind to remembering that God makes all things new. As Tugwell suggests the song Morning Has Broken is a great reminder of the newness God provides in each day … “Morning has broken, like the first morning, blackbird has spoken like the first bird”. Reflecting on the newness we experience in each new day, even from that which is ordinary in our lives… such as mornings and blackbirds…, can turn an Ecclesiastes mood into a moment of praise and respond with joy for a new day with new experiences and perspectives and a fresh new start.

Let us give thanks today to God who supplies our every need by giving us newness every day. Yesterday is behind us and today is a fresh new start to experience the treasures from yesterday with new joy, new song and new spiritual enlightenment.

Dear God, thank you for giving us a “new thing” every day… and showing us your great provision and love in new ways and new expressions. Help us to open our eyes and focus on all that is new and good and right and be a beacon of hope and light to those who have none. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 
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