Reading from the Book of Zechariah 9:12
12 Turn you to the stronghold, ye prisoners of hope: even to-day do I declare that I will
render double unto thee.
As "prisoners of hope" we must allow ourselves to be captured by and filled
with hope.We must think hope and we must talk hope. When you face a
seemingly hopeless situation remember that in God, you are a prisoner of
hope. There is no way to get away from the hope that is in Him.
What is a prisoner of hope? It is someone who refuses to stop hoping in God,
no matter how bad his or her circumstances are. Abraham was such a man.
We learn from God's Word that all human reason for hope being gone,
Abraham hoped on in faith that God's promise would come to pass in his life.
Godly hope is not the same quality as what the world calls "hope". Usually
when we hear people say they are hoping something will or will not happen,
they are vaguely hoping, but clearly doubting. They speak negatively and
complain about almost everything and then wonder why nothing works out for
them. True biblical hope is a solid foundation. It is a springboard for our faith
to take off from and actually take hold of the promise of God.
I know this may sound simple, but I think we can say real hope is a constant
positive attitude that no matter what is happening currently, things will change
for the better. Satan cannot defeat a person who refuses to stop hoping in
God. Abraham refused to give up hope, and just as God had told him, he did
become a father when he was to old to father children. Hope is powerful. It
opens the door for the impossible to become possible. All things are possible
with God, but we must cooperate with Him by being hopeful and full of faith.
God promises that He will restore double what we have lost or had stolen if we
will stay hopeful. It does no good at all to be hopeless. It only makes us
unhappy, critical, and grouchy. Hopelessness leads to depression and many
other problems. Be the kind of person who absolutely refuses to be negative,
and get ready to receive a double blessing for your former trouble.
Become a "prisoner of hope".