But as we have recently learned through the current stress of the supply and demand chain, used can be very valuable too. In fact, in the auto industry, a used car’s value has suddenly skyrocketed.
This escalation in value of used items reminded me of our God, who besides creating brand new things (days, weeks, mercies), takes this whole concept of using used one step further, for He is in the business of renovation––of not just giving value to the used, but taking it and making it new all over again.
Below are just four verses about God’s renovation/replacement program. All of them should give us hope for not only the new year, but our future as well. Happy New . . . and Renew Year.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
2 Corinthians 4:16-17
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.