“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.”

Isaiah 65:17 (NIV)

There’s a difference between knowing something, not knowing something, believing something, and not believing something. A difference between understanding and confusion. We must recognize the difference in ourselves. I’ve often heard it said that the most dangerous people are not those who know and don’t understand but those who do not know and think that they do. Many times in my life I have thought that I understood something, such as what I was supposed to do in a given situation, until later on when I didn’t do what I was supposed to do and was asked, “Why didn’t you ask? If you didn’t understand then you should have,” or something to that effect. This raises the question, how can we know to ask questions when we think that we know the answers already?

Often, when I read my Bible, I find so much that I either don’t know or know very little about. Today, while I was reading through the 65th chapter of Isaiah, I read verse 17, “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind” and moved on, not thinking that much about it. I did note, however, that I had highlighted it in a previous reading. As I continued to read the subsequent verses, I noticed some promises that God was making, of long life, fruitful childbirth, and animals living together in peace and harmony, and realized that this couldn’t be Heaven. Therefore, I did what I usually do, when I find something that I want more information on. I looked these verses up online.

Before I do my reading for the day, I always pray and invite the Holy Spirit to reveal to me God’s word. I know that I can understand nothing without God bringing me illumination. This is a practice that I highly recommend for successful daily living. God knows all things so why not ask Him to reveal His truth in all matters? Most of the time, however, this doesn’t mean that you’re going to have some sort of divine mystic experience, it just means that God will show you the way to understanding.

There’s a lot of information available to us in this world today. Our access to it is faster than ever before in history. However, we need discernment to assimilate and understand what we encounter as we seek knowledge. The new heaven and new earth that Isaiah writes of here in chapter 65 are a reference to the 1,000-year reign of Christ after the Tribulation. This time is known as “The Millennium” or the “Millennial Kingdom.” If you would like to read more about this then you can do so here. I’m not going to expound upon this anymore today.

The greatest barrier to understanding, I believe, isn’t our ignorance but our pride. No one is without pride. However, how we wield our pride makes the difference between us being people who love and people who do not. If you’re curious, or you’re Tina Turner, you might be asking, “What’s love got to do with it?” Love doesn’t boast and it’s not prideful (1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV). When we believe that we know something then we have confidence that we know what we think we know and what we know isn’t wrong. When we discover that we do not know, as we thought we did, and we respond positively to this discovery, then we’re exhibiting humility. A humble person is a teachable person.

When we profess love for someone and we discover that we have hurt that person, although it wasn’t our intention. We have a choice, we can learn how to love them better or we can believe, in pride, that what we did, or didn’t do, was still done in love, so we have no reason to change, because, it was done in love. Therefore, a prideful response to the discovery that what we thought we knew, we don’t know, is an inhibitor to growing in love and knowledge. None of us was born with an inherent knowledge of how to love other people. We are all selfish creatures that have to learn how to love.

Therefore, if we need to learn how to love, and how to love better, then we are all in a constant process of learning. Our ability to discern between asking questions and not asking questions ought to come from the level of humility that we have. This doesn’t mean that we go forth, in what we do, without confidence. As I am learning, each day, my confidence needs to be in God. I can only be confident that what I have asked for, from God, I have received, and therefore, I walk in that confidence, knowing that when I make a mistake, I have the grace of God to cover me.

Do you know God? God knows you and He loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, right now, and He wants you to know Him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so that we could be free of guilt, be freed from death, and live eternally with Him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.