Lent Devotional: Zechariah 14:6-9

by Jonathan Haefs

Zechariah 14:6-9
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. And the LORD will be king over all the earth. On that day the LORD will be one and his name one.

On that day…

The prophet sees a day coming in which the Lord will recreate everything. Just like in the original creation, when there was yet neither day or night, God shall remake everything to be the way it should.

There will be everlasting life!

Flowing water is known as living water and is a great Biblical symbol for life. The prophet sees such life giving water flowing out from the city of the Lord to the farthest reaches of the earth in both directions!

God himself is enthroned over all and his name alone is on the lips of people. All the names of every false god have faded away…his name is one!

We have been promised this day. Yet, amidst the world we inhabit, such a day seems like a far-off, fanciful dream. Our world is covered in anything but God’s life giving water and people use their lips for anything but praise of the one true God.

How are we to have faith that God will fulfill such massive promises of grace?

The cross.

The cross is the darkest moment this world has ever seen…and yet…it is the brightest moment in which God brought forth eternal life through death itself! The cross serves as the our constant reminder and guarantee that we serve a God who can take all the darkness this world can muster and bring forth light and life and beauty.

When you need a guarantee that God will bring about every grace he has promised…cling to the cross.

*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.