Envision this earth as it will be in the new kingdom: completely calm. Lions won’t snarl. Bears won’t maim. No one, nothing, will rebel. No more shame before God. No more death, no more curse. This is God’s promise. He will reclaim his creation.
He is a God of restoration, not destruction. He is a God of renewal, redemption, regeneration, resurrection. God loves to redo and restore. “I am making everything new!” he announced (Revelation 21:5). Gone with hospital waiting rooms, gone with tear-stained divorce papers. Gone with loneliness, foreclosure notices, and abuse. Gone with cancer. God will lay hold of every atom, emotion, insect, animal, and galaxy. He will reclaim every diseased body and afflicted mind. “I am making all things new.”