A Reason to Laugh!
When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter
And our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
During the dot-com boom in the early 1990s, young James Altucher made a sweeping windfall by designing websites for organizations. The success was quick, and dizzying, such that the fresh Cornell graduate soon adopted a fast-paced life of gambling and extravagance. Not long after, following a series of bad investments, James Altucher managed to squander his wealth-a net worth of several million dollars, and was left with only $143 in his account. He fell into a protracted depression, and was at the brink of suicide when he decided to give life one more fight for the sake of his children. Today, Altucher is a serial entrepreneur, hedge fund millionaire and author of eleven books. He speaks and writes extensively on the possibility of recovery after hitting rock bottom.
Altucher’s story is not peculiar. The possibility of restoration in the face of loss and defeat is a recurring theme in history. However, I can think of no better embodiment of a divine recovery than captured in the life story of Job. We are familiar with the death and devastation that visited his home. We know of the disease and poverty that befell him. And in the interesting turn of events, we follow the story with excitement, as he experienced an unheralded supernatural recovery.
The truth is, for every setback, God stands behind the scene, weaving the details of our lives towards a glorious ending. The very death and resurrection of Jesus guarantees this. In other words, it is a matter of covenant.
Our theme scripture in Psalm 126 tells of God’s faithfulness. The children of Israel remembered the joy they experienced when their captives were brought back. It was a victory only God could have given. And one He delivered on account of His faithfulness to His covenant children.
Today, that promise still holds true. God is still deeply invested in turning captivity around. He has given us His son Jesus as well as His inspired words. In other words, no matter the level you think you are, there is always an improvement for you.
So let me assure you: This is the year you have been waiting for. God is bringing you uncommon restoration. He is giving you a reason to sing in places where you were once ashamed. Expect Him to meet you at every point of need – healing, providing, guiding, and leading you. His blessings on your life will manifest as wisdom, ideas and creative expression. So go ahead, live conscious of these expectations. Jesus has paid the price. You will do exploits, in Jesus’ name.
– Pastor Taiwo Odukoya