May 15, 2012

Today you should read: Zechariah 12

Sometimes, I try to imagine how much different life would be if I only knew the future. I wouldn’t have to worry about when our house is going to sell, and when Becky and I can move to Richmond, or which house to buy when we move to Richmond. I could rest assured that we’d make the right decision based upon knowing the future. Knowing which decisions to make based upon knowing the future, would sure make some life decisions much easier.

Chapter 12 is the beginning of the last section (chapters 12-14) of the book of Zechariah. It is a prophecy about the second coming of Jesus. If you read through these chapters, you’ll notice that Zechariah used the phrase “in that day” many times. “In that day” is synonymous with “the day of the Lord,” which is a reference to His second coming. This last section of Zechariah gives a glimpse into the future.

I don’t know every aspect about the future, but there are some things about the future that the Scripture lets us know. Zechariah helps me to see that the future looks awesome for God’s people and terrible for those who are enemies of God’s people. God is going to rescue His people and wipe out His enemies.

In the end times, God wins. Knowing this about the future gives me a confident hope that I am on the right team. I am on the winning team. As a child of God, I am on His team, and, according to the Scripture, I will be rescued. Those who are not His children are not on His team, and they will be eliminated. Knowing this about the future makes me thankful that I am one of God’s children.

John 1:12 tells me that not everyone is a child of God and on the right team, though. It says that only those who believe in and receive Jesus have the right to be called children of God. The future is gloomy for those who are not His children.

Maybe you are reading this today and thinking, “I am also glad that the future looks bright for me as a child of God.” If so, spend some time thanking Him for rescuing you.

Maybe you are reading this and thinking, “I am not sure if my future looks gloomy or bright because I don’t know for sure if I am one of His children.” If that is your situation, I encourage you to surrender to Jesus. If you don’t know what that means, contact one of the staff and we’ll be happy to help you to be confident in the fact that your future is secure in Christ.

Posted by: Rich Duffield

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

5 thoughts on “May 15, 2012”

  1. This passage and commentary also make me sad for those who don’t know Jesus! I have witnessed some, recently, who thought they did but in the process of reviewing scripture and in times of prayer came to the realization that they did not believe they would go to heaven if they died or if Jesus came today…..that they believed about Jesus….but not IN him…..not having confessed that he is Lord….and asked him for complete and total life change that can come only through him. All the more urgency for our eyes to be open to all of the work that God is doing around us, to all those who he is drawing, and to seize the opportunity to join him in his work…..that they may know our Savior and spend eternity with Him!!

  2. I can certainly agree that knowing the future is at times appealing. I also KNOW from my own life experience that had I known the future in many cases the decisions I would have made would not have been bathed in prayer and dependent on God’s grace and mercy. And would have likely turned into disaster!
    Today’s post reminded me of the Gaither song, “Because He Lives”. Truly our futures can be faced without fear and uncertainty because He lives and reigns!

  3. Today’s Forecast:

    God Reigns &
    Jesus Shines

    My job requires me to drive a lot of miles through small towns in eastern Kentucky. I pass by many country churches and most of them have signs out front announcing the upcoming Sunday’s sermon or some “catchy phrase” to grab your attention. I saw the “forecast” mentioned above a few weeks ago and it reminded me that our future is crystal clear as believers in Christ. God reigns and Jesus shines for eternity in heaven with those who have given their lives to Him. Thanks Rich for reminding us what our future holds. Have a blessed day!

  4. Sorry. I messed up the “forecast”. It read as follows:

    God Reigns &
    The Son Shines

    ( it’s good either way! )

  5. I felt similarly encouraged by these verses. I have been thinking about verses in John this week a great deal–in this world you will have trouble, but take heart he tells becasue he has overcome the world!
    nicole yosmali

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