So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose…in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain. Hebrews 6:17-19
It was a rather cold, rainy morning for June in New York City almost a decade ago when the concept of revision first inspired me. I mean raw, artistic revision.
The Dave Matthews Band was playing on the Today Show on NBC. There were multiple reasons I remember hating that morning (4 a.m. wake-up call was first). However, when my friends and I had settled into the cramped crowd, I became intrigued by the intense set of run-throughs the band completed before they went live.
What is it about revision that is so alluring? We dive into countless trials of change no matter what lifestyle we operate from currently. There’s something to be admired and deeply appreciated by the prospect of newness coming our way. Whether it is buying a new wardrobe, getting files organized, or getting in shape, it matters not. Even adopting a new attitude can be exciting! We are pleased, if not relieved, to gain palpable change. The freshness of a new routine or also a “new you” just feels right.
Frustrating as it may be, those types of changes are fleeting. If anything, they are paper thin. As humans, we end up having to evolve through things because it is inevitable. Along the way, we end up reaching for what we call prosperity. What God calls prosperity does not always align with our version. In fact, it never does, and we will never fully understand it.
Thinking back to the Dave show, I dug how they performed three or four consecutive run-throughs (from the top mind you) of So Much to Say. I could tell they were revising on each subsequent performance down to the smallest of tweaks. It seemed like their TV spot would undoubtedly be perfect; it was close. All in all, what I witnessed that day may not have been creative change as much as it was skilled preparation.
Each of us in some way, to some degree, must tear down the work of our hands and build it back new and better. Authors revise writing, architects revise designs, politicians revise positions. It’s pretty much necessary. We all can and should prepare to the best of our abilities (God gave us those). After all, there is an ever-changing world around us. We can strive for a new lifestyle by moving to that ideal town or landing that perfect job. We can make changes and hope for dreams to come true. Sometimes, they do. Sadly, there will always be something to compromise its worth: some variable is thrown into our system, some new standard to which we want to ascribe. Simply put, things are always changing.
Conversely, God is unchanging. A living hope, a lasting, real hope for whatever we need, be it changes, prosperity or fulfillment, is made possible through the cross of Jesus Christ. Because of love, His once-and-for-all offering gives us a sure shot at genuinely living. We can always lean on Him for real hope.
Through Christ, God gives a newness like no other. As early as Jeremiah’s prophecy, he shares that the Lord will make a new covenant. As late as John’s revelation, he reports Christ’s words will be: “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5 ESV).
Aside from the textual backing, consider what evidence you have of lasting newness. How much of it were you able to predict and produce? Depending on your answer, take from that where you have seen meaningful change. Chances are good you encountered some difficulty along the way.
What if we were to decide to be still where we are and place our trust in Christ alone? Remember, He is a living Savior who loves us and offers us real life and freedom only if we set our heart to loving him back. Assuming there is an understanding and belief in God’s promises, one would surely be hard-pressed to conjure up worry for the past, present or future. The cross offers the one true change in which we have infinite hope.
- For you, where is fleeting hope mixing with true hope?
- How can you begin a process of revision directed by God?
Lord, it is in Your promises I find hope. Thank you for being the way, the truth, and the life while offering a forever change to my life. I give praise for the newness You make continually. Forgive me for where I might have distrusted this. Help me walk with the unshaken hope You freely give. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
PC3 writer Adam King wrote today’s devotional.