“The instruction of the LORD is perfect, renewing one’s life;
the testimony of the LORD is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise.”
Renewed: From the Inside Out . . .
I walk down the aisle of the grocery store, and the labels on various products call to me from the shelves:
Renew your youth!
Reduce those lines and wrinkles!
Look like a new-you in 3 easy steps!
I pick up one small jar. It says I could look ten years younger in just ten days. Imagine that.
But I place the little jar of promise back on the shelf and look for the milk aisle instead. The truth is, I’m okay with my age, and I’m okay with the lines around my eyes.
I earned every crease at my brow with every story I’ve lived.
Those stories make up who I am — wrinkles and all. And I wouldn’t trade my stories, my years, for anything. I’ve lived long enough now to see, how even the hard years — the ones I didn’t know I’d survive — God used every one of those experiences to bring me to a place of deep assurance and steadfast peace today.
Not that every circumstance turned out peachy. Not at all. But God showed Himself greater. And my trust in Him grew, even as the lines on my face lengthened. My journey with God has taught me that renewal really is possible, but it’s not the kind of renewal that’s promised in a store-bought product on a shelf.
God longs to meet us where we are so He can restore us to the one He made us to be.
This journey of authentic renewal begins with soul surrender, yielding to the majesty of the Almighty. And with each day, our hearts are renewed as we spend time with the Ancient of Days, who is both Matchless and Ageless.
When we come to the Word, with hands empty and hearts ready, the Lord renews us from the inside out.
God’s Word renews us, through and through.
It’s a promise. The kind of promise we can count on. God not only redeems our souls; He redeems our years too.