Prisoners of What?

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Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. (Zechariah 9:12)

A bit more from my previous post Awake My Soul! 

I found a tiny phrase in the recitation from that video that gave me pause.  I wasn’t sure exactly how to take it - or precisely what it means.

But the more I think about it, the more I like the turn of the phrase:

“you prisoners of hope”.

I know that sometimes living with my chronic illnesses, homebound, some days bedbound, can feel like a prison.

It’s one that is hard to adapt to.  I used to be so active.  And now … well, lets just say that chronic illness has taken its toll.

But, to be a prisoner of hope?

What an uplifting, beautiful picture that presents.

Yes, I may be a prisoner of sorts.  But to turn the metaphor around and view it with … hope?

Many Bible verses come to mind.  The Scriptures are infused with hope.  A simple search turns up so many wonderful verses.

One of my favorites is found in Romans 8:

But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. (verse 25)

Isn’t that just what we are doing?  Or, what God encourages us to do.

Yes, we wait.  And many times we suffer during that waiting period.  But to hold on to the hope of what is to come for those of us who follow Christ …. 

to be taken prisoner by that very hope …

I can barely explain the feelings it evokes.

I find I want to become a prisoner.

A prisoner of hope.

And in that prison we can persevere with joy.

Father God, Thank you for the many blessings you bestow upon us - for the hope you instill within us.  May we persevere, our hope invested in You and You alone.  Amen and Amen.

(If you are interested in other verses pertaining to hope, here are a few for you to meditate on.

Job 11:18 And you shall be secure, because there is hope; yes, you shall dig about you, and you shall take your rest in safety.

Psalms 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the LORD.

Psalms 33:20 Our soul waits for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.

Psalms 39:7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in you.

Psalms 62:5 My soul, wait you only on God; for my expectation is from him.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, said the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Romans 5:5 And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Galatians 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Ephesians 3:20 Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy;

Hebrews 6:11 And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope to the end:

Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil;

1 Peter 1:13 Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

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