by Rev Jason Phua
Bible Reading: Zechariah 14:1-21; Proverbs 29:2-4
READ (verses chosen for meditation)
Zechariah 14:9 “And the LORD will be king over all the earth. On that day the LORD will be one and his name one.”
Ever wonder what Zechariah 14 is talking about? If we are to read the entire chapter, it seems like the prophet was talking about the day when God shall be back to reign forever. Isn’t it peculiar that the prophet spoke of God being “king over all the earth”? What earth? Wouldn’t it be “heaven”? Does it mean that this earth will remain in the Day and thereafter of the Second Coming of Jesus?
Revelation 21 is pretty clear that there will be a new heaven and a new earth; but the first earth and first heaven shall pass away. This means that God shall be King over the new earth and believers shall reign with God in our glorified bodies. Yet, isn’t the Bible stating the obvious? We all know that God is King; whether in the past, now or future. Why was there a need for the prophet to declare that God will be King over all the earth? I believe it is not so much that Zechariah was stating the obvious, but he was making the important point that on that day, everyone shall recognise that God is indeed King. Everyone shall come to the true conviction that God is King over all aspects of our life.
Knowing that God is King and recognising with conviction that God is King are two different matters. Knowing that God is King can just be a form of theological knowledge or awareness. However, knowing that God is King as conviction can propel one into godly action. This is because when we are convicted that God is King; we bow to the King with our lives. When we are convicted that God is King; we pledge allegiance to the King cut off old allegiances with other things or persons that are affecting our relationship with the true King.
In other words, when we declare that God is King, we are actually declaring that we shall yield and bow to the King in all areas of our lives. We want to surrender to the King to help us in areas of our lives that are not honourable to Him. This would be how we truly treat God as King; and not as like some who merely want some favours from the King but refuse to yield where it matters. The Lord is indeed “king over all the earth”!
Lord, having consistent conviction that You are King over all areas of my life is a challenging journey. Yet, in You is the grace and power to surrender. Help me therefore with the grace of my Lord Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit to yield to you all aspects of my life; this is so that Your Name be glorified in all that I am and all that I do. Amen.