“The children which thou shalt have, AFTER THOU HAST LOST THE OTHER, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.
Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?”
Let me break this down: you lost something and you are mourning your loss.
You sleep, thinking about it after thou hast lost the other
You wake up, it is the first thing on your mind.
You remember the day it happened and you mark it every year: you have built a Tabernacle on your loss!
But the irony is, God has blessed you with much MORE than you lost! He has raised you from the mourning floor, unfortunately, you are not aware!
Isaac lost his mother, Sarah. It was a big blow for him as he was her only child. God knew how much he was hurting, so God comforted him by giving him a wife. Scripture records that “Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her, and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death” -Genesis 24-67.
Rebekah was God’s compensation for Isaac. If he had not recognized her as such, her coming into his life would not have comforted him after his mother’s death.
God always compensates us, no matter our losses. We just do not always recognize it.
In this Scripture in Isaiah, this man was mourning the loss of his children. Apparently, the loss hurt him deeply. He would do Annual Remembrance Services for them. He built shrines on their graves. He was very fixated on his losses!
We have no idea how many they were and how long he had been mourning, but at some point, God gave him MORE children, but he was too fixated on his losses to recognize it! He was always remembering the past.
He was like the Israelites in Babylon who wept when they remembered Zion (Psalm 137:1).
God tells us, “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” -Isaiah 43:18-19.
LET GO OF THE PAST!
He has done the New Thing!
He has made a Way in the Wilderness!
He has created Rivers in the Desert!
ACCEPT AND EMBRACE GOD’S COMPENSATION!
Unfortunately, this man was too fixated on his lost children, he did not realize God had blessed him with much more.
But one day, his new children came to him and said, ‘Daddy, this 3-bedroom flat is getting too small for us. We need a bigger house, at least a 5-bedroom duplex!”
Suddenly the scales fell off his eyes!
“Wait a minute: how long have I been mourning my dead children? When did I father these ones?” It was at that moment he realized God had compensated him beyond his losses!
The scales fall off your eyes today.
Receive clarity of vision, wisdom, and understanding to know how much God has blessed you.
Go and destroy those useless Tabernacles and shrines you have built on your losses: GOD IS DOING A NEW THING IN YOUR LIFE!
Don’t let your losses keep you down!
God told the Israelites, “Moses my servant is dead: THEREFORE ARISE! Go over the Jordan…” -Joshua 1:2.
Don’t sit there, mourning the loss of Moses forever.
“Moses” here could be a child, a spouse, a job, an opportunity: it does not matter. It has gone. God’s Compensation is what you should look out for and ACCEPT.
GO OVER THE JORDAN!
Moses is gone, yes.
But JOSHUA IS HERE!
He is God’s Compensation for you…