Double for Your Trouble

May 22, 2019
Don’t give up! God will bring justice in His timing.
His timing, not ours. Sometimes it doesn’t happen overnight. That’s why the Bible says: “Don’t get tired of doing what’s right! (Did you hear that today, Christ Church?) Don’t get discouraged and give up! (Why?) For we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.” (Galatians 6:9)
Pick up your Bible and you will meet a young man named David. David was a shepherd boy. One day he stood face to face with a giant of a man, Goliath. Goliath walked out onto the battlefield roaring insults at David. David was too small to even fit into the armor of a full-grown warrior, so he walked out onto the battlefield with nothing but a slingshot. Everybody said, “David, Goliath is so big – you can’t beat him!” David gripped his slingshot and said, “Goliath is so big – I can’t miss him!” With a whoosh, he toppled the giant and a roar of victory went up on the battlefield!
From that moment on, David’s popularity skyrocketed! Everybody knew his name. Everybody loved him … except the king. King Saul was jealous of David’s popularity. One day in the quiet chambers of his place, far from the eyes of the crowd, Saul tried to kill David, hurling a spear at him. David fled for his life. And, for the next few years, David lived life on the run.
Now, think of it. David hadn’t done anything wrong. Yet Saul was paying him back by trying to kill him. Instead of getting even, David refused to hurt Saul, even when he had the chance.
Do you remember from reading your Bible how it all ended? God supported David. God honored David. And God raised him up to be the greatest king in Israel’s history.
Question: Is there a “Saul” in your life? Somebody who treats you wrong for no apparent reason? That means you need to be a “David.” If you respond like a David, God will respond to you like a David.
Is there someone in your life who is attacking you like that? My advice: You’ve got to turn that situation over to God. In the end, you’ll come out much better. In fact, I predict that in the end, God will pay you back “double for your trouble!” The Bible says that, if you keep the right attitude, God will add up all the trouble and all the sorrow that’s been inflicted on you, and He’ll pay you back twice as much peace and joy and happiness and success. Twice as much! The next time you feel like someone is attacking you, just remember: God will pay you back double for your trouble! (Isaiah 61:7)
So, trust God to right the wrongs in your life. Don’t go around trying to pay people back, trying to get revenge. Don’t sink to their level. And don’t give up. Remember, God is keeping good records – and He will pay you back double for your trouble.

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