Our God is a God of comfort and restoration, a God who rewards His people with abundant blessings.
Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you. (Zech 9:12) This is speaking to people who are captives, yet because of their faith in the Lord, they have hope. God is their stronghold, their fortress, and their shield—who provides for their needs. (Nah 1:7; Ps 18:2)
“Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” (Isa 40:2) This verse says that their warfare is ended because God fights on behalf of His people. (Deut 3:22; Josh 23:10) He is the same today—He still fights for His people—for you and for me. Hallelujah!
Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs. (Isa 61:7) Our God promises that instead of shame, all who place their faith in Him shall have double honor. He also states that instead of feeling confusion, we shall rejoice over our measure of blessings from God; and in our land, we shall possess double. Double what? Double blessings and benefits from the God who is love. What a promise! What a gift from God’s loving hand!
In a spiritual sense, all unsaved people are enslaved by sin and satan. Many are not aware that they are imprisoned, yet others yearn for a way out of their state of affairs. All that they need to do is to cry out to the Lord, and He will respond by saving them.
That is true for saint and sinner: God responds to each one of us when we cry out to Him for help, deliverance, or wisdom. God is the deliverer who sets people free, and pours out His blessings upon all who trust in Him. May God bless you.