Have you ever anticipated a special day in your life? As a child,maybe it was your birthday. As a teenager, maybe you couldn’t wait for the dayyou would get your driver’s license. We seem to think that there is a magicalday in our future that will bring us happiness. When this happens, then I’ll be happy, we tell ourselves. Has this thought ever entered your mind?
For me, it wasn’t just one day. When I was dating my husband, I thought for sure I’d be happy the day we got married. Once that day came and I didn’t find myself completely satisfied and happy, I decided I’d be happy when we had children. Surely that would do it, right? Well, not exactly. When we had one child, I thought I’d be happy the day I had another child. You see where I’m going with this. We are in constant pursuit of a day that will bring us happiness and fill our soul’s deepest desires. We hope to reach the purpose, love, and joy we so desperately long for.
Zechariah 14 tells us about a day we should all look forward to, the day of the LORD.
Behold, a day is coming for the LORD when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him! In that day there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle. For it will be a unique day, which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light. And in that day living waters will flow out from Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half of them toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter. And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be the only one, and His name the only one.
God has been teaching me to stop chasing after the things that I think will make me happy. If I don’t find my worth and identity in Christ, I will always be chasing “that day.” He is the only one who can provide true purpose and joy in my life. My response is to glorify Him in everything that I do.
Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless. ~ 2 Peter 3:11-14
Let’s anticipate the day of the LORD! Christ will come in all His glory to defeat His enemies. He will establish His rule over all the earth. He will fulfill His promises. We can live in anticipation of that day, knowing it is surely coming. Until then, we are to wait, glorifying Christ by living holy, peaceful lives.
I still anticipate days. I look forward to my kids’ wedding days. I look forward to the day I will meet my grandchildren. The days of retirement and traveling with my husband, as we grow older, sound delightful. However, I know that there is one day that will be so much better than any of those days. The day of the LORD is coming!
For your review, below is the introduction for Zechariah written by Holly Parker.
Thus has the Lord of hosts said, “Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not deviseevil in your hearts against one another.” ~Zechariah 7:9-10
The prophet Zechariah was a priest, coming from a prominent priestly family. His ministry began shortly after Haggai’s. There are many points of contact between Haggai and Zechariah. Overall, Zechariah encouraged the people to put away the sin in their lives and to continue rebuilding the temple. His visions encouraged the leaders of Jerusalem at the time – Joshua, the high priest and Zerubbabel the political ruler. His visions described the judgment of Israel’s enemies, the blessings to Jerusalem, and the need for God’s people to remain pure – avoiding hypocrisy, superficiality, idolatry, and sin. Zechariah’s visions provided HOPE for the people.
We too can find HOPE in these apocalyptic visions. We are reminded that God is SOVEREIGN, and HE is in CONTROL of every detail, every circumstance of our lives. His Spirit is working through believers to carry out His purposes for His good and our glory – even if that glory is to come when we meet Jesus face to face! And one of the best and most awesome parts of Zechariah are the visions and prophecies that our PRIEST-KING – our Messiah is coming!!!!
God is indeed coming again and will judge sin once for all. Zechariah urges the Jews to both GUARD their lives from sin and to REPENT from sin when needed. We too must do the same – Trust in our Sovereign God who controls every detail of our lives, guard our hearts and minds from evil and sin, & repent of any sin in our lives on an ongoing basis. Only then, will we be able to step forward in the power of His Holy Spirit.
Two Song Selections:
“Great are You are Lord” by All Sons and Daughters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHz0w-HG4iU
“Forgiveness” by Matthew West https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMn0QNdiuGE