Double For Your Trouble

by Mary Chalhoub on February 11, 2014

trials, tribulations

Trials and tribulations are a part of our journey in life. During these times, it’s human nature to internalize our problems, rather than trust God to help us get through them. When we look upward instead of inward, everything changes… It’s all a matter of perspective.

Recall the story of Job, in the Bible, for example. He was a good and faithful man, yet he lost everything – his children, wealth & possessions, his good name, and even his health. In his time of testing, he started off by complaining when tragedy hit. At first, he asked the question, Why?, but when he accepted what had happened and moved on, he began to believe and trust that God had a plan for him. Rather than focusing on himself, Job began to bless his friends by praying for them. God honored Job for his faith by giving him twice as much as he had before:

After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring. The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. (Job 42:10)

When my husband & I were dating, we both agreed to have children early in our marriage. We had our first child then shortly after we wanted another one. We got pregnant again quickly, but sadly after several months we miscarried. I, like Job, asked the question, Why? initially. Then, my perspective changed, and I began to trust God. Several months later I was pregnant again, and this time we were blessed with a BIG SURPRISE – TWINS!

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Looking back, I remember the days when I was single and my father would often jokingly say, “I’m not leaving this earth until I see your children.” In other words, “Hurry up, get married and have kids so I can be in peace!” Well, I can say he was very happy to finally see get married and have my first child. Then during my pregnancy with the twins, my dad’s health dramatically declined. The twins were born early at 34 weeks, therefore they were required to stay in the NICU until they met the criteria to go home. After two long weeks in the hospital, they finally arrived at home and my father was able to meet them for the first time. The very next morning my father was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. He never returned home, but he went on to be with the Father in heaven. It was such a blessing that my father’s wish was granted, even in the last moments of his life. What a joyful moment of restoration, and the timing of everything confirmed that God was always in control!

If you are going through a difficult time right now, trust that God has a good plan for your life. Trials and tribulations aren’t easy, but when you rely on God, He is with you and He helps you to get through them. Times of testing are an opportunity for your faith in God to grow. He will not leave you in shame or confusion, but He WILL give you double for your trouble!

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)

With Love,

Mary Chalhoub

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