Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.
Do you recall the story of Hannah, married to Elkanah whose other wife’s name was Peninnah. Peninnah had children for him, but Hannah did not. When the husband would give meat – he always gave double portions to Hannah and just a portion to everybody else. The bible tell us that his love for her was great even though she had not conceived. Now Peninnah would taunt Hannah about her inability to produce children – I’m sure causing great stress to her. We are told she wept and didn’t have an appetite.
The taunting caused by Peninnah caused her to go and pray at the tabernacle. Eli the priest watched her weep and cry out to God. He assumes perhaps she had been drinking. She responds by telling him “I’ve been pouring out my heart to God.” Eli blessed her saying “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant the petition you’ve requested from him.”
She eventually would conceive and give birth to Samuel – giving him to the Lord because he had blessed her. The story goes on to tell us that she give birth to more children.
Hannah’s inability to conceive brought her to the face of the Lord. She poured out her heart – God poured back into her double blessing. Her current place made her move into action by faith to claim what was already given her. Do you relate to Hannah? The same God that blessed Hannah with an overflow – is the same God who is ready to give you a double portion. Stay connected to God – give him what you have. He hears your whispers and sees your praise. God says that nothing good will he withhold from you – step into position to receive your double portion. You will receive your inheritance!