Monday, November 28, 2011

The more trouble, the more double!

Zechariah 9:12 (NKJV) 12 Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you
 
The word stronghold here is something that "won't let you go". In this case it's hope. And according to the Bible, hope does not disappoint so don't let go of your hope (Romans 5:5). I really like how the NLT version of the Bible records the above passage from Zechariah; "Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners who still have hope! I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles." Two blessings for each of your troubles.

There has been times in my life when I simply can't understand why a problem isn't fixed immediately. After all, we are connected with God who created time, space, matter and light (Genesis 1:1+3), and He did all of this before morning the first day (Genesis 1:5). So we know He can, but why doesn't He?

I may not be able to tell you why. I can tell you that He will make up for it. If it takes you twice as long to fix a problem as it should, then you can expect twice the blessings. I know from my own experiences that you may even arrive at a place of rest, believing that you have finally made it to the land of milk and honey. Then along comes another storm. Be encouraged, there is a place of rest. Joshua, King David and Joseph are a few of the men that finally arrived there.

One of my favorite examples of this would be Joseph. He gets a dream and shares it with his brothers. His brothers where already jealous of Joseph and the dream pushes them over the edge. They throw him into a pit and then sell him to a slave trader. The slave trader sells him to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the King of Egypt. Potiphar lives in a palace and puts Joseph in charge of everything he owns. The Bible says that Potiphar held nothing back from Joseph except his wife (Genesis 39:9). Joseph lived in the finest quarters and ate the finest foods.

Joseph could have thought that he finally arrived at that place of rest. If you know the story, then you know that Joseph later gets thrown into prison for something that he didn't do. From prison, Joseph gets promoted even higher. He gets put in charge of all of Egypt. Egypt was an extremely wealthy country. There was no one higher than Joseph in Egypt except Pharaoh (the king). Pharaoh said in Genesis 41:40, "You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you."

If you ever feel like giving up, I really encourage you to read this story. Ask God to give you a personal message as you read. The story begins in Genesis chapter 37 and continues in chapters 39-41.

If life seems to be one difficulty after another, be encouraged. The bigger the problem, the bigger the palace; the more trouble, the more double!

Be Blessed!




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