“I know, right?” I replied to our 13-year-old’s half-joking, partly true statement.
“I really don’t want to have to look for something else,” I groaned.
Last week, I attempted to purchase a product I’ve been using for years, when the sales clerk explained that the store was no longer carrying it.
That was bad news.
If something works for me and fulfills a need, I don’t go hunting for anything else. I tend to stay pretty faithful to what works.
So my next move was to go to the manufacturer’s website hoping to find the product and have it shipped. There was no sign of it there either.
Turns out, it is no longer being produced or distributed.
As Kaiah noted, this happens to me quite often and it’s the weirdest thing.
I’ll discover a product, grow attached to it and then, one day, poof! It vanishes from the marketplace.
Because I really needed this, I was forced to seek out a substitute—something I really wasn’t looking forward to.
I began my search with poor expectations. I was convinced I’d have to settle for a sub-standard replacement. I imagined how hard it would be and how long it would take to find something else.
As I stood in the aisle of the local market, I eyed a bunch of products, but one stuck out.
I picked it up and what do you know?
It turned out to be just the thing I needed; it cost less and was better than what I had before.
It’s frustrating to lose something you depend on to meet a need, right?
In serious cases, losses can truly upset the balance of life and devastate you.
You may have lost a valued relationship, job, business, ministry, shelter, opportunity, your health, emotional stability or even peace of mind. If so, you know how difficult it is.
The tempestuous waves of life suddenly come crashing against you. From the appearance of things, you will surely drown under the crushing pressure.
Satan whispers in your ear, “You will never recover.”
But he’s a liar.
It didn’t look like Job would recover either.
In the biblical book of Job, we see that this upright and holy man of God was living in total misery.
He didn’t do anything wrong and yet, suffered a great deal. One moment, he was a picture of wealth, health and happiness.
The next moment, death hit and Job mourned the loss of seven sons and three daughters. Lack hit and all of his wealth disappeared. Sickness hit and there were open sores all over his body. Relationship troubles hit and his wife turned on him, telling Job to curse God and die.
Even his once loyal friends lost respect for Job and began blaming him for his trials.
Can you imagine how alone, desperate and defeated Job felt? He was being hit from every angle, with no sign of relief in sight.
But in due time, God intervened.
In Job 42:10, we learn that the Lord not only restored Job, but He gave him twice as much as he had before.
This faithful servant of God received double.
Friend, still today, we serve the God of the double portion. He’ll do for you what He did for Job. Make a choice to believe that what He has in store for you is more than what you lost and better than what you had before!
All the tears you’ve cried, prayers you’ve prayed and trials you’ve endured, are not in vain. God has seen the tears, heard the petitions and is aware of your suffering.
You will receive deliverance. Restoration will come.
Biblical scholars say, in Hebrew, Job’s name means “the persecuted one.”
Interestingly, his name reflected his life. It was full of persecution, suffering, pain and distress.
But, despite the meaning of his name, God ordained that Job would not be perpetually defined by his struggle.
He came out of a season of persecution and into a season of restoration.
Again, if God did it for Job, He can do it for you.
So prepare for your new season.
To look at your life right now, someone might label you “the persecuted one,” “the struggling one,” “the depressed one,” “the forgotten one,” “the lonely one,” “the sick one,” or “the defeated one.”
But the Lord has a plan and you are about to become “the restored one.”
Begin expecting and thanking Him for restoration. Rejoice for your double portion. Know that God is turning things around in your favor.
To help you confess this truth, I’m stirring Isaiah 61:7 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, rebuke discouragement. See your present difficulties and harrowing circumstances as transitional phases on your road to breakthrough.
Be assured of this: God’s word will come to pass in your life and He will restore double!
Now let’s pray.
God, when discouragement with my present circumstances comes to stamp out my faith for future breakthroughs, please remind me that restoration is coming to my house. In all things, teach me to believe in the sovereignty of Your will and the surety of Your promises spoken over my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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