Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
I have always believed that God makes up the difference when people don't pay me according to what I am really worth. I am saddened when family members, friends, co-workers, and even church members treat me unfairly. I feel bad for them instead of for me because I know ultimately God will bless me double for the trouble they cause me. I have seen that happen in many situations throughout my life.
I have discussed this with some people who don't believe in that principle. That's why I am glad I came across the book Double for Your Trouble. The words in that book confirm what I have known all along.
Let's explore what it means that God will give us "double for our trouble."
The Book: Double for Your Trouble"
The complete title for the book is Double for Your Trouble: Let God Turn Your Mess Into a Miracle. It was written by Katherine Ruonala and released by Destiny Image on April 19, 2022.
The author's inspiration for the book comes from the Old Testament when God’s people were troubled because they were held captive by enemy nations. God sent His word through the major prophet Isaiah to encourage them and give them hope for their future. God kept His promise and did give His people double for their trouble.
The Author: Katherine Ruonala
Katherine Ruonala is recognized all over the world as a pastor, motivational speaker, television host, and author. She has written other books, but this book is a personal testimony to her own life because she has endured hardships like the rest of us. It was during the dark times of her life that God revealed to her what she wrote in Double for Your Trouble. She describes her revelation as a supernatural strategy for restoration and supernatural recompense that she shares with others.
Katherine hosts her own television show. She and her husband Tom Ruonala are the founders and Senior Ministers of Glory City Church in Brisbane, Australia. The couple has been married since 1991. They have three children: Jessica, Emily, and Joseph.
What the Author Says
Katherine Ruonala explains in details what she means by "double for your trouble." She emphasizes that God is not going to only repay us for every wrong done to us. Instead, He will go above and beyond and give us more blessings. Ultimately, He will make things even better than they were before. In other words, we should pray for our enemies because they are the ones who will be cheated out of their blessings for the harm they do to us. In the meantime, we will get double for the trouble our enemies cause us.
Ruonala says we are not exempt from experiencing unfairness, attacks, injustices, and trials because this world is broken and evil. She reminds us that the Bible never promised us a trouble-free life, but it does promise that we would be doubly blessed for the hardships we encounter.
She uses Isaiah 61:7 from different versions of the Bible to prove her point about what God promised His people.
"For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. (Isaiah 61:7 KJV)
"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 NKJV)
“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance.” (Isaiah 61:7, NIV)
“Because you got a double dose of trouble and more than your share of contempt, your inheritance in the land will be doubled and your joy go on forever.” (Isaiah 61:7, The Message)
"Instead of your [former] shame you will have a double portion;
And instead of humiliation your people will shout for joy over their portion." (Isaiah 61:7, AMP)
The promise that God gave His people so long ago still stands today. He will give us double for our trouble as well.
Where to Purchase "Double for Your Trouble"
The 208-page is Bible-based, but it is written in a simplified manner that people don't have to be theologians to understand what the author says.
Feel free to read excerpts from the book on Amazon.com. It will help you decide if you want to purchase the book that is sold in three formats: Hardcover $26.99, Paperback $17.99, and Kindle $9.99.
What the Book Provokes Readers to Do
Throughout the 126-page book, Katherine explains why God wants to give you double for your trouble. The main reason is that He is the God of restoration. When you keep the faith and are obedient to His Word, you will receive double for your trouble when it comes.
In Double for Your Trouble, the author encourages her readers to become empowered by doing the following things.
- Be confident enough to receive unclaimed blessings for the trouble you have endured during your life.
- If you claim double for your trouble, any future plans your enemies have for you will backfire. They will realize they can no longer hurt, harm, or destroy you.
- Instead of focusing on your suffering, embrace victory every single time.
- It is not sacrilegious or selfish to exchange all of your trouble for the double blessings God wants to bestow upon you.
What I Learned from the Book
The most valuable lesson I learned from reading the book is that many believers don't access God's plan to give them double for their trouble. The author wants people to know that they should be proactive and claim their double blessing for the trouble they have encountered at the hands of those who wanted to harm them.
I recommend Double for Your Trouble to everyone who has been treated unfairly by enemies and has endured trouble in their lives. From now on, I vow to claim double blessings from God for the trouble I have endured.