A waterless pit. Some of us would use that to describe our current relationship status or fruitfulness with Christ. You yourself, or someone you know may be going through a time that seems very dry or you may be imprisoned by let downs, disbelief, shame, or failure. Nothing seems to be breaking through and you are on the verge of giving up. I’ve been there. Whether it be another let down in your finances, or disbelief that your marriage will continue, I have good news for you.
Zachariah 9:11-13 says “As for you also, because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Return to the stronghold you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare, that I will restore DOUBLE to you.”
Today, as I sit in the middle of a local coffee shop in the heart of Charleston, West Virginia with pleasant fragrances of lattes and pumpkin spice deliciousness flooding my nostrils, I can’t help but to smile in knowing that GOD WILL RESTORE. Not only do we serve a God that restores, but we serve a God that restores MORE than enough. If you look at the end of that verse, it doesn’t say “I will restore just enough for you through installments of small payments” but rather “double to you.” He is a God of more than enough!
If you look a little earlier in the Bible in Isaiah 61:7 God again is talking about restoration to His people. It says:
“Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. There in their land they shall possess DOUBLE, everlasting joy shall be theirs.”
God will restore your shame. Christ will restore your confusion. He will turn your shame into DOUBLE honor, and your confusion, will become rejoicing. Notice He didn’t say that he would erase the situation they were confused ABOUT, but rather your response from it. I’m here to tell you that you WILL still go through trials, you will still face mountains, you will go through hard times, but Christ can and will change your perspective of those trials to cause a different response. Instead of confusion, REJOICING!
John 9:1-35 talks about a blind man. He was blind from birth meaning he had been this way for quite some time. He had been stuck in the same darkness, the same shame, the same wilderness. Some of the disciples even asked Jesus what the blind man did to deserve this. They asked “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
Jesus was quick to reply “neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the word of God should be revealed in him.” I share this to encourage you. God will allow you enter situations that may seem very dark and hopeless, like the blind man. However, it’s only to reveal Himself through those things. The darker the situation, the brighter He will be revealed in it. He will restore your darkness. These trials only last for a season. Change your perspective on your life by allowing the Light of the world to light your darkness. Just like light is CRUCIAL in regards to perspective of a photo, so is Jesus crucial in our lives. He restores.