I had a friend in College who lived in the same Dorm and had the same major field of study. We had a lot in common and we were believers, so I invited him to visit an on campus youth gathering I attended. It was just a time of fellowship, praise, and prayer and hanging out afterwards. He enjoyed it and joined me there several times, until he met me in the dorm and asked whether the group was affiliated with a particular denomination? I said, yes, but there is no doctrine or affiliation taught or sought and they are fundamental in faith. He said his parents had warned him against these people and he would not be attending again. What he didn’t tell me was that he was ending our friendship and association entirely. This was bewildering and to this day I remember it. He made some other friends who were of his same denomination that were not practicing Christians, but were drunks and worse.
When I was redeemed and filled with the Holy Spirit during the Jesus movement revival in the early 1970’s, a big part of that revival was breaking down denominational walls and unity of Believers in Jesus. I recalled being shunned by this friend and thought about God’s mercy. Within a few years God gave me two friends who have been like brothers for over thirty years in true loyalty. I wondered whether God had restored what the enemy had stolen? Isaiah 61 speaks of the Lord’s favor, it is what Yeshua read in the synagogue regarding His ministry. This chapter is too marvelous to summarize, please read it all, but it includes, “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.” (Isaiah 61:7) God’s nature is to give abundantly and lavishly to His Children in whom He delights. After the enemy tested Job, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10)
Let me be clear, we don’t deserve any of this and we should not look to God just for what we want. To be in His presence is better than life. Moreover, we can not define or limit God, but I choose to believe every word of God, as it reads. In this, I submit my limitations and weakness to His grace. We need not fear ascribing too much glory, majesty, mercy, love and compassion to God. Moreover, through Yeshua, Messiah we share in the covenants, promises, and citizenship with Israel. (Eph. 2:19) Could it be you have been blessed with a double portion, but didn’t know or given thanks to God for His marvelous deeds.