A few weekends ago my husband and I went to visit his sister and her family. They recently moved closer to where we live, so we figured we should welcome them to the North country. While we were there his sister asked if we were memorizing any scripture. We weren’t at the time; we had talked about starting to memorize some scripture, but just hadn’t gotten around to picking out something to begin with.
So we passed around different ideas of chapter to memorize, but couldn’t settle on anything we were happy with. After many suggestions by one another, we finally agreed on memorizing Revelation 21. I thought it was a perfect place to start—something hopeful and happy, a promise from God.
As I’ve been memorizing it with Timothy, I have felt so encouraged. We have memorized the first five verses, and while I have loved all the verses, one verse in particular has been speaking to my heart and giving me strength for the weary days.
In the first four verses of the chapter, John is telling what he saw and what he heard— the first heaven and earth passed away, the New Jerusalem coming down from God, and God declaring that his new dwelling place is with man and that he will remove forever death, sorrow, and pain.
And then comes the fifth verse:
“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” (Revelation 21:5, ESV)
These words are trustworthy and true.
I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve felt a little bit like our world is tearing apart at the seams, and it’s hard to know who and what to trust. Lately it feels like every day brings more and more news of hatred, violence, and despair. And in a world with ever-increasing darkness and uncertainty, we need something good, something true, to hold on to.
God has given us that hope in the promises of Revelation 21. God, who cannot lie, declares to us that this vision of the future that John had is a sure thing. It is something we can count on. This promise of a future in heaven with God is to be a light for us in dark places, a beacon of truth to set our eyes on while we press on through difficult times.
Cling to the promises of God, for his words are trustworthy and true.