On That Day
Posted: Thursday, December 29
Verse of the day:
On that day there shall be no light, cold, or frost. And there shall be a unique day, which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but at evening time there shall be light. On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter. (Zechariah 14:6-8, ESV)
Life after the exile was not a piece of cake. In fact, it was downright hard. They had to rebuild both the city and the Temple while suffering the opposition of their neighbors. To make matters worse, they knew that they were not really free. They were still under foreign rule. Since neither Israel nor Judah were sovereign nations anymore, the people allowed indifference to take over and for sixteen years they did not lift a finger to rebuild the Temple.
Zechariah was called to remind the people that God still had a glorious future planned for them. He reminded them that, in the end, God was going to raise a Deliverer who was going usher a time of unparalleled blessing. He went on to describe the wonderful future God had planned for them by using “On that day” statements. Zechariah was to point out that God was in control and that on His chosen day He was going to make everything right.
If today you feel discouraged by what you see around you. If nothing seems to be truly improving, allow me to encourage you with the words of Zachariah. God has a day planned to make everything right. So, do your part; build the Temple. Seek to be faithful to God even if you can’t see the big picture. Be faithful; because “on that day,” God will make everything right.