Encouragement and Promise

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Haggai 2:1-23, Romans 8:9-10, Hebrews 12:26

Scripture Reading: Haggai 2:1-23, Romans 8:9-10, Hebrews 12:26

I suppose we’re all a little skeptical in the promises department. We feel like we need some collateral when someone makes one. But as a woman, as a Christ-follower, and as a broken person in desperate need of healing—nothing has changed me more than the Word of God, and more specifically, His promises to His people.

As the scattered Israelites stared at their ruined temple, God’s promises, voiced through Haggai, must have seemed impossible. And yet He fulfilled His promises in ways they never could have fathomed. Jesus would one day restore the temple. In fact, He would become the temple (John 2:19).

He will keep His promises to us too. Everywhere we see destruction in our lives, we will one day see restoration. Where we feel only brokenness, we will one day experience healing. The grief we know so intimately now will one day be replaced with deep, lasting joy. Right now, this very moment, Jesus is working to make all things new. It won’t be long now.

Death will die. Tears will dry. All brokenness will mend. And where we currently see rubble, we will see a world re-built on the bedrock promises of God.

When? In the words of the Lord Himself, “in a little while” (Haggai 2:6). The time between this moment and the fulfillment of the beautiful promises of God is short. On the radar screen of eternity, the time between now and the realization of His promises is just a blip. And as we wait, He tells us, “My Spirit is present among you; don’t be afraid” (Haggai 2:5; see also Romans 8:10). His words are not just an encouragement, but a promise too.

Based on the evidence of their current circumstances, the Israelites had reason to believe that God had abandoned them and reneged on His promises. Yet through the prophet Haggai, God reminded them to get their eyes off the brokeness because He is a God who comes through. If they’d only turn toward Him, they would see it! The call is the same for us, to lift our eyes from the brokenness inside us and all around us. We can look forward with great hope because God’s promises are true!

“For people swear by something greater than themselves, and for them a confirming oath ends every dispute. Because God wanted to show his unchangeable purpose even more clearly to the heirs of the promise, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us” (Hebrews 6:16–18).

Hung on a cross, Jesus chose to die for us. His finished work there is our collateral. We are a broken yet redeemed people, stitched together with a promise. There is something better coming. It won’t be long now. Just a little while.


Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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  1. Kelle Anne says:

    I needed this. God’s promises are coming and He is faithful always.

  2. Maiya H says:

    I am thankful that my Daddy God keeps His promises. And I am ever grateful for this reminder – He promised to take care of me as I step out on faith as a missionary and I KNOW He will do so.

  3. Kristen Elizabeth says:

    What a wonderful day that will be, when Jesus returns. How incredible is God’s narrative, his story. From the beginning of time, God weaves such hope through brokenness and life through storms. He had the Israelites backs consistently despite their rejection. And the hope of the new promise and the new temple puts everything into perspective.

  4. Kristy says:

    This was something I needed to read right now. I am scheduled for a c section in 11 days with my second baby! That’s the exciting part. The scary part is that my husband and I have been discussing me not returning to work after maternity leave in order to stay home with my toddler and newborn. I’m 27 and have held a job since I was 16, so that’s a big difference for me. What really concerns me is the loss of my income.

    Mathematically, it’s impossible. With Christ, anything can be done. I’m focusing on the “do not be afraid” message of today’s reading. However, I am definitely accepting prayer right now! Please pray for my peace of mind if I do stay home, and my peace of mind if I am unable. I know it is all in God’s hands.

    1. Rachael says:

      Just wanted to encourage you Kristy, I made the decision to stay home 7 yrs ago after our first was born with some medical issues and the numbers didn’t add up for us either, but God has always provided abundantly. My husband and I were just talking yesterday about how the numbers haven’t always make sense but we’re somehow doing ok. I just delivered our 3rd last month. They’re worth it.

    2. Allison Van wyngardem says:

      I will pray for you right now Kristy. I often feel like God speaks to me through where I feel peace. I faced a similar decision 8 years ago. I wrestled for a long time with God about it. Deep down I knew where I felt peace. Once I made the decision it was at times hard road as a lot of my identity was stripped away but I will say I am grateful I took that leap of faith. God opened some doors that I never would have anticipated. I have had some failures along the way too, but my relationship with Jesus has grown so much more. Hugs and prayers and know that His spirit is at work in it all.

    3. Ev Howe says:

      We just prayed for you and by now you may have already had your little blessing. God will provide and please just see this time with your babies as reward enough as the passage of today life is but a blip. God Bless