“Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.” ~~ Isaiah 61:7
Maybe you have turned and walked away from God in anger and disappointment and tossed away the calling God had on your life. Maybe you felt the the Lord had hurt your feelings, so you left your faith to find a fresh path.
Where you were physically exhausted. Emotional turmoil began to disintegrate your life. Your immature faith lacked the stamina to hold to God tightly. So, maybe for years you wandered through sin, divorce, and miserable meanderings of your own making, whatever it may have been. It was a time of spiritual drought—the years of shame.
Although you may have walked away from God, He did not walk away from you. The Lord will allow you to experience life in the wilderness of doubt, but He will be right there watching over you and waiting for you to return to the call He placed on your life.
Eventually, if you allow yourself to feel His presence in your life. Little by little, the Lord Jesus will woo you back to Him. And you will feel Him whisper to your spirit, “Let’s start over and do it right this time.” At times like this begin dray close to Him and to study the Bible and allow it to change your damaged spiritual heart. This time don’t let it be head knowledge, but heart knowledge.
And your faith will get back on track, and even though you do not think God’s calling for you could ever be restored. Thinking you traveled too far off the godly path? Surely, God didn’t want me anymore in service to His Kingdom. Surely, He had more qualified people that could fulfill His calling.
However, that is not how God thinks at all. The Bible says, “For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). The Lord desires for us to move beyond the shame of past mistakes and into His calling for our lives. He will restore us to useful service in the Kingdom. It takes time and it is a process, but the Almighty God still has a plan for each of our lives. He intends to replace disgrace with rejoicing, so that we may show our world that we are living miracles.
Do I hear an “Amen”?