Joy and the Christian Life, Pt. 8 – Regrets and Hope
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” – Rev 21:1-5a
If you were offered the chance to start a new life, would you take it? I think a great many people would jump at the chance. Movies like ‘Dances with Wolves’, ‘Avatar’, and more recently ‘The Secret Life of Walter Little’ which explore this theme have proven to be very popular. Avatar grossed more than $2 Billion and there are plans to release 3 sequels in the coming years.
Something which drives people to this theme is regret. Our lives have not gone the direction we had hoped, and so much that we have done we wish to take back. We can and should try to do better next time, but what can we do with the things that we can’t change?
When a Christian deals with regret, he shouldn’t ignore it or pretend like it doesn’t exist. But he must look at it square in the eyes and deal with it. This begins with confession or admission and is followed by confidence of forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Lastly, regret is replaced by hope. Look at vs4 and vs5.
In vs4 God Himself wipes away every tear from our eyes, and there will no longer be any death, nor mourning, nor crying, nor pain. This includes our regret. It, along with all of the former things, passes away. What is left? A new creation. Here God says in vs5 ‘Behold, I am making all things new’. Here all of your mistakes are finally undone and you are given complete newness of life. This is no movie, this is reality. A day is coming when you will be made new, and everything will be the way it should be.
Do you have many regrets? If they are sin, confess them to God and be confident of forgiveness for the sake of Jesus Christ. But then look forward to that day when God will undo all of your mistakes and make all things new, when everything will be the way it should be.