“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.”
I’m 47 years old. You know what? I don’t remember all that much about what happened during my grade school years. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I appreciated those years! I was blessed to attend a Lutheran Elementary School, so I learned much about Jesus and had some great friends!
But frankly, I don’t really remember all that many details. Did I have days when I was stressed because of some test or assignment? I’m sure there were, but I don’t remember them. Did I have disagreements and arguments with some of my classmates? I’m sure I did. However, I remember very few of those events.
When we get to heaven and live there for eons, how many stresses, hurts, and difficulties of this earth will we remember? According to this verse, they won’t even come to mind!
Why? Because heaven will be so much better than anything on this earth! All the effects of sin will be removed forever. We’ll have perfect love, perfect joy, perfect peace, perfect relationships with everyone who is there.
That doesn’t mean the things which are happening now are easy or trivial. They may be quite challenging!
But that actually leads us to anticipate heaven all the more—a place without any of the difficulties of this world or even the memory of them.
Lord Jesus, come quickly to take me to the eternal home you have prepared! Amen.