“Then the word of the LORD came a second time to Haggai on the twenty-fourth day of the month, saying,”
You may have heard the joke about the little boy who went to church with his friend for the first time. He had never been to church before, so he didn’t understand a lot of the things that were going on. His friend explained when the song leader raised his hands they had to stand and sing. When they passed the round wooden plates with the felt bottom, they were supposed to put their offerings in it. When the preacher stood up and placed his watch on the pulpit, the little boy excitedly asked his friend what that meant. His friend replied, “Absolutely nothing.”
We know that every action of the Lord has meaning. That’s why we need to look intently at this last section of Haggai. This is the fourth and final word from the Lord. This one occurs on the same day as the last one we found back in verses ten through nineteen. This final word is a word of encouragement. God will reveal His plans to Zerubabbel. He wants him to know what is about to transpire.
Don’t you wish God would do that for us? Oh, wait! He has done that. We have His Word that reveals to us exactly what is going to happen. Revelation 22:1-5 describes the scene in heaven. “1 And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2 in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; 4 they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. 5 And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illuminate them; and they will reign forever and ever.”
That is our future. That is what we have to look forward to. You need to read the Word to see what is coming. It’s all there. God isn’t trying to hide things from you. He isn’t playing peek-a-boo with you. He may not reveal every detail of your future, but He promises you that He will be with you. He promises you eternal life with His Son. He promises you that you will receive your heavenly rewards.
I am thankful I know what is coming. These earthly days don’t really matter. I know where I am headed. My future is sealed with a promise. It is my prayer that you are going with me. If you are not sure of your salvation, make it sure today. Confirm with the Father your place in heaven. He’s always welcoming new residents.
Praise You, O Lord, for the guarantees You give me. I know You hold me in the palm of Your hand.