Double for my Trouble

So many of us have reached a time in our lives where we think we just can’t go on. We feel like we can’t take one more ounce of bad news or one more tragedy in our lives. I remember well the time when I looked at what had become my life and thought that it was too much of a mess for God to deal with. My pity party was in full swing! As time went on and I decided I was sick and tired of being sick and tired, God started to reveal through scripture that He could redeem any and every situation that I could possibly face.

Reading scripture, praying, and surrounding myself with people that refused to allow me to remain on my pity pot, was what changed my life forever. It certainly wasn’t easy, but it was well worth the journey. It is in these times when we feel like there is no way out that we learn to trust the sovereignty of God. He always shows up, though usually not in our timing. You know that saying, “God is rarely early, but He’s never late!” That statement is so true and really shows that we can trust God’s timing for our lives.

One of my favorite sayings is “God has THE PLAN, not just a plan, but THE PLAN!” When storms come that we don’t understand, we need to dig in our heels and say “I’m going to outlast you devil!” A powerful scripture that shows us that God can redeem anyone’s life no matter how big a mess it may seem is Isaiah 61. This scripture reminds us that our past has nothing to do with where we are going and we do have a hope and a beautiful future in store for us. This is a promise and if we will just surrender ourselves to His plan and trust that He knows so much more than we do, our lives will be completely transformed!

 

Isaiah 61

“1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. 4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. 5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. 6But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. 7 For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. 8 For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. 9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed. 10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. 11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.”

What can you give over to God’s care today?

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