God’s Word for Today: Renew. This is a rather refreshing word. It is always good to be able to renew something. Renew a subscription to your favorite magazine. Do people even read magazines anymore? With computers, cell phone apps and especially Pinterest, who even needs to look at magazines? Maybe we better find a better example of renew.
Ok, got it. When one renews their Wi-Fi subscription, their monthly phone plan, and Cable or Satellite service, then the world is good. At least for 30 days. Then, this renew stuff starts all over again. At least with a magazine, you can pick up and read an old one. Or, if you spent enough time on Pinterest, you found 100+ uses for those old magazines. So, maybe the new renew isn’t quite as user friendly as the old renew. I am starting to question my level of sanity right now. I believe my thought process might need a little renewing itself. Can I blame this on it being a Saturday??
The word for today originally started out to be sanding. As in sanding a piece of wood to get rid of the rough edges and splinter causing imperfections. But sanding is only one part of the process in any improvement project. There is cutting, shaping, gluing, leveling, sanding, painting, polishing, and many other processes involved in the refurbishing or renewing of just about anything. Even a simple, plain ole rock, takes more than just a little rubbing to make it into a shiny piece of enticement you just have to buy at a tourist store.
So, we had to expand from sanding to renew. Refurbish was a possibility, but there was a small problem of that word not being used in Scripture. At least none found in the Bible Apps I have on my phone. Besides, renew sounds much more refreshing than refurbish. Why is that? I saw an idea yesterday (not on Pinterest because no man in his right mind would admit to even glancing at that) of how to take an old entertainment center and turn it into a little kitchenette for a child to use in their playroom. It had an imitation stove, refrigerator, cupboards, and about everything needed to spur a child’s imagination into the culinary arts. The renewing of that old, wore out, and ugly entertainment center was actually quite amazing. Making the entertainment center into firewood was possibly an easier solution, but that idea would simply burn to ashes. The kitchenette could renew imaginations for years. I could even picture myself sitting down with the grandkids at one of these and enjoying the special meal they prepared just for me.
Colossians 3:10. And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Isaiah 40:31. But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
You received 2 Scriptures today as a bonus package for renewing your commitment to read clear through God’s Word for Today. Isaiah 40:31 is one that would be good to right down and carry in your purse or billfold. Maybe use it as a book marker.
Then you have Colossians 3:10. Read it again. You put on a new self. It is a simple statement of renewal. It is not asking you to maybe think about renewal. It is not questioning whether you have what it takes to renew your walk with God. This verse says that you already did it. You have put on the new self. Done, completed, end of story.
Not actually “end of story”. Your story is continual and moving forward. You can call it new chapter, new book, new beginnings, shifting gears, or whatever you think it is best to name. The fact is, each day you wake up, you have a choice of renewal or the choice of the old self. No matter how much sanding, polishing, new coats of paint, and refurbishing you do, if you are stagnant, you will soon revert back to the old self. Maybe a different version of the old self, but still the same piece of entertainment center you once were. Renew is a continual, and forever, word. Not just a onetime deal. Would be nice, but is not possible.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength”. Let’s take the two Scriptures and tie them together into one thought. You have put on a new self. You hope in the Lord. You renewed your strength. You renew your knowledge and grow in the image of your Creator. Then, you can soar on wings like eagles. Then, your continual renew never grows weary, never grows faint. You have the renewed strength to walk in the Lord. Heck, run in the Lord if you want to. You will never tire.
Today, know that you already are renewed. Like a Christmas bonus received in January. Now, it is up to you to maintain and continually renew your subscription to God. Read your Bible. Pray first thing in the morning. Pray different times during the day. Pray last thing at night. Renew your commitment to a Church. Take this renew thing serious. Your choice, of being stacked up and ready for the burn pile, or of being renewed and useful as a continual joy to so many others……………..
Prayer: Dearest Lord who has renewed me. Thank you. Forgive me for the times I have received your renew and then let it lapse. Help me today Lord, to work on this renew thing with a continual purpose. I know you made me for a good thing. I want to renew and improve and grow in the knowledge of You my Creator. I need and want to be a renewed joy and example to others. In Jesus’, who did the hard part of renew for me, name I pray. Amen.