“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.” | Isaiah 61:7
I sense that the Lord is removing shame and restoring honor in this season. To those who have experienced dishonor, yet have kept their hearts pure before the Lord, be encouraged! He is vindicating you even now, restoring you to a place of double honor and recompense. No longer will you suffer shame. As it is written in Isaiah, “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is his name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth” (Isaiah 54:4-5).
There are many who have felt like misfits in the eyes of the world, and (for some), even in the eyes of their own family and friends. Yet I sense the Lord’s heart of encouragement. I believe that He would say, “The very ones who have been labeled as ‘misfits,’ by the world are My ‘change agents.’ These ones have been trained in the secret place, and I am getting ready to bring them out of hiding and on display as a royal diadem for all the world to see!”
“You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you” (Isaiah 62:3-5).
I see the Lord placing beautiful robes on His ‘change agents;’ He is allowing them to come and feast at His table, even in the very presence of their enemies (Psalm 23:5). As you have stayed in a place of lowness and humility before the Lord, He is now going to bring you up higher. For He gives grace to the humble, but resists the proud (Proverbs 3:34).
Truly your best days are at hand. The Lord is removing shame and reproach in this hour. Get ready to be restored to a place of double honor!
He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory (1 Samuel 2:8).