A New Earth
April 15 - Devotion
God designed the present earth to exist temporarily. He will remove it from existence as the scripture emphasized,
“I will utterly consume everything from the face of the land,” Says the Lord; “I will consume man and beast; I will consume the birds of the heavens, the fish of the sea, and the stumbling blocks along with the wicked. I will cut off man from the face of the land,” Says the Lord” (Zephaniah 1:2-3). However, Jehovah promised to replace our corrupt earth with a better one that would be a perfect habitation for his saints. Only God's saints will qualify to enjoy the new earth! God said, “Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder. From beyond the rivers of Cush my worshipers, my scattered people will bring me offerings. On that day you, Jerusalem, will not be put to shame for all the wrongs you have done to me, because I will remove from you your arrogant boasters. Never again will you be haughty on my holy hill. But I will leave within you the meek and humble. The remnant of Israel will trust in the name of the Lord. They will do no wrong; they will tell no lies. A deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouths. They will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid.” (Zephaniah 3:9-13).
The present earth will not last eternally, but it will come to an end at God's appointed time. Jehovah will establish new earth that is void of wickedness and corruption. Only those who have faithfully served God and believed in the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ will qualify to enter the new earth and new heaven to be established. All workers of iniquity will not qualify to partake in the paradise (new earth). Wicked people will be shut out of it, but they will have their portions in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:1-3).
Dear God, please make me qualify for your kingdom. Keep my feet firm within your gate by living a lifestyle that meets your standard. Let your Holy Spirit guide me into all righteousness so that my name can be written in the book of life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.