“Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you” (Zechariah 9:12).
The children of God have good things and blessings in double. God blesses both worldly as well as spiritually. He graciously gives all the blessings of the present life and also He gives the glorious eternal life.
After thinking about the double blessings, David says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6). Blessings in this world and also beyond it.
Look at the double blessings! Naturally, a child is provided with a father and also a mother; brothers and sisters are also there. He has not stopped with giving one eye but has given two eyes, two hands, two legs and so on.
He is giving both Old and New Testaments to His children. Similarly, He gives Salvation and the anointment of the Holy Spirit as double blessings. He gives the Gifts of the Spirit and Fruits of the Spirit as well. Worldly friends have been given and also spiritual friends. One who gives the verses advocating knowledge also gives verses preaching wisdom.
When Solomon became the king, he pleaded God to give him the wisdom to judge the multitude. It was pleasing in the vision of God and so He compassionately promised him “I have also given you all things like riches and honour which you have not asked for”. Accordingly, He gave everything to Solomon.
When you seek, will not the merciful God make perfect what you are lacking according to the riches of His glory? Will He not make you happy giving double blessings? In the Scripture, Achsah daughter of Caleb asked her father “Give me a blessing; since you have given me land in the South, give me also springs of water.” Then, Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lower springs (Judges 1:15).
Seek from God. You will definitely receive double blessings so that your happiness is made perfect. God will graciously give you what you wish to have. Be with hope.
See! Jacob wanted to receive the birthright. God made it happen. When he wished to have the blessing of his father, he received it. When he wished to have the blessings of God along with this worldly blessing, God blessed him by turning Jacob into Israel. You also have these two types of blessings.
To meditate: “And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before” (Job 42:10).