Revelation 21:5

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” 

Do you ever feel irritated by the word all in the Bible? I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13). We know that all things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28). All things can be done for the one who believes (Mark 9:23). These verses inspire and encourage. The problem is that they don’t leave much wiggle room for hopelessness or stinky attitudes when life gets tough. So many times these “all” verses have corrected me when I’ve been at the point of giving up on a friend, a dream, or myself.

In today’s scripture, the resurrected Christ bids us see that he is making all things new. Mourning, pain, even death are passing away. In place of tears, we are offered the water of life, which to me speaks of love so perfect and holy that sorrow and despair vanish. What a precious gift! Such comfort, strength, and hope in the receiving.

Sarah Bensen