To return to the stronghold of hope.We, of all people, have reason to be eagerly expectant, to feel life is worthwhile and precious. * Zech 9:12
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Alert! Christ-follower post ahead :-) I was rivetted by this verse this morning: "Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope." * I have always seen the word 'stronghold' as a negative - as a sort of straitjacket of harmful habitual behaviours or thought patterns imprisoning people. You know - that thing you hate about yourself; that you try to change and can't. That prison. But when I looked at this verse, I saw a stronghold can mean a fortress; a place of safety. And here, this stronghold is hope. As Christ-followers we are condemned to hope (eager expectation) and our proper home is in that stronghold of hope in Christ. But we can forget. We can be overwhelmed by stresses; by worries; by fears And mentally and spiritually depart from our place, gained for us at such great cost, and become depressed and downcast, imagining the worst about life. Losing heart. This verse is a clarion call to remember. To wake up.