One of the amazing aspects of God’s dealings with His creation is the constant renewal of it. While pondering upon the wonder of creation, Psalmist writes, “You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the earth.” Psalm 104:30
Decay and destruction are the result of sin. Everything of this world becomes old and fades away. Isa. 40:6. However God is in the process of renewing all what has been marred by the fall of man. Not only God renews the face of the earth, but also transforms man from the deformity caused by sin.
The Lord taught this lesson to Jeremiah with an illustration. He told Jeremiah to go to a potter’s house
and notice the way he makes a vessel. Jeremiah saw “the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.” Jeremiah 18:4 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah saying, “Look as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My Hand, O house of Israel!” v. 6.
God doesn’t just throw us away but works on us again to make us into a honourable vessel. Sad to notice that often we are so impatient, we write off somebody immediately. Even we are intolerant with ourselves too: quickly come to the conclusion, “I am not able to do” or “I will not succeed”. Such irritated response is against the way Almighty God works among mankind. He is more than willing to repair and make us better. In the story of the prodigal son the Lord Jesus Christ describes the loving heart of God the Father who graciously renovates our life. Luke. 15:22.
David desired for a renewed spirit and restored joy. Psalm 51:10, 12. It is the desire of every human being who bears the consequences of their sin. Yes, God can renew us again. To the people of Israel the Lord promised, “I will give them one heart, and I will put a new Spirit within them and take the stony heart out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh...” Ezekiel 11:19.
Through the Lord Jesus Christ that’s exactly what He does in the heart of man. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” 2Corinthians 5:17. Through the wonderful working of the Holy Spirit a believer in Christ is regenerated, reformed and renewed. Titus 3:5. This is the basic step of renovating our life. The word of God speaks of renewing our mind, inner man etc. ( Refer outline).
The thrust of this brief note is the magnificent repairing work of God in the lives of people. Still changes are possible in our life. God has not finished with us; He is still working on us. He has renewed David who was fallen, Elijah who was depressed, Jonah who went astray, Peter who betrayed the Lord, and Mark who was incapable. He can do the same for us as well.
We only need to confess our sins and failures and yield to the Lord. It is His promise that all those who wait upon Him shall renew their strength and go forward in their spiritual life. Isaiah 40:31.
Let us long for a better Christian life and strive for it before too late. As often we say, ‘just one life that will be over too soon’, as we shall stand before the judgement seat of Christ we should not be ashamed. It is time for rejuvenation, renovation and growth. The Lord will do it if we only we give in.
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