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