“I cherish every moment We get to share together. I have formed you to be with Me. Jesus has restored Our lost relationship that ended because of sin. Now things are as they were intended when Adam was first formed. Come to Me any time you need Me. Come to Me when you are lonely. Come when you hurt. I will always be there for you. I love you.”
Gen. 1:31 NIV
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
Psalm 46:1 AMP
God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.
Isaiah 40:1-2 NIV
1) Comfort, comfort My people, says your God.
2) Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.
In the Isaiah verse above the phrase “…has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins” used to confuse and frighten me until someone explained what the “double” meant. In times past, when someone had a debt he couldn’t pay, he would post his debts on the most prominent part of his property for all to see.
Part of the custom of posting your bills on the front gate was a practice known as “the double.” This meant that everyone who saw the posting had several choices they could make. A person could pass by and ignore the need; or he could fold the paper from bottom to top - in essence “doubling” it - meaning that he would take on the debt as if it were his own and pay it for the other person.”
When God gives His double, He forgives completely. When He gave us our “double” at the cross with Jesus, all separation from Him was paid in full. We are now free from all debts, sins, and separation, fully restored to our intended place with Him.
I praise You, Lord,