Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

A Future Certainty

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

With all the uncertainty about the future, fuelled by such things as the credit crunch, global terrorism, and unstable countries developing nuclear capabilities, I find Isaiah’s words about the certainty of what will be left on that final day very reassuring,

‘They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea’. (Isaiah 11:9)

Verse one of this chapter refers to a shoot which will come up from the stump of Jesse. It is a prophecy of David’s Greater Son, pointing towards the ultimate victory of the Lord Jesus, to the completion of his purposes in the destruction of evil and the establishment of a new heaven and earth, in which there will be universal knowledge of the Lord.

Intriguingly, Habakkuk adds to the words of Isaiah,

‘For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea’. (Habakkuk 2:14)

Habakkuk adds the word ‘glory’ – ‘the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD’.

Now why does he do that?

Perhaps it’s to remind us that if we are uncertain about what is happening in our world, we should remember that this is where everything is heading. The ultimate truth, the final word, the enduring reality, will be the glory of the Lord.

And all other human glories, whether they be wealth, fame, or power, will all fade away in the light of that supreme glory, his royal majesty. It is a wonderful description of the ultimate triumph of God.

This is not only a great encouragement to Christians who wonder where the world is heading but it is a great incentive for us to tell others the good news of the gospel, as the Psalmist encourages us:

‘Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous deeds among all peoples.’ (Psalm 96:3)

This is both an act of worship,

‘For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise…Worship the LORD in the splendour of his holiness…’ (V.4, 9)

and an act of mission,

‘Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns"…’ (V. 10)

In both our worship and our evangelism we are to be motivated by that same longing - To declare the Lord’s glory. Our task is to call our family, our friends, our neighbours, our work colleagues, in fact, all people to worship him.

In an uncertain world it’s encouraging to know with certainty that in the end there will be a glorious world filled with the awareness of God’s purposes, of God’s presence and of God’s glory.

It’s a future that has been secured through the work of Jesus Christ - All our future hope is founded in Him.

Now, we await its final completion, but this is the promise, this is the hope that we look forward to – And what a future,

‘I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God…He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away’. (Revelation 21:2, 4)

And in this wonderful new world all glory will go to God,

‘…the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel...The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp’. (V. 10–11, 23)

May God speed that day - The day when all will see His glory.

Have a good week contemplating our certain future,

Pastor Barry

Back to top