Sunday, September 13, 2009

Prisoner of Hope

“Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners who still have hope!” Zechariah 9:12

Prisoner. A person held against their will. One confined. A person held in involuntary restraint, whether in prison or not.

There are things that hold us captive. Emotions, people, situations that chain our hearts and minds. The binding is strong and we suffocate in cells, shackled to pain and suffering.

God is calling us back to a place of safety. He desires we become prisoners of hope. This is not a prisoner to wishful thinking. Our hope is a reality. A guarantee. Hope is a confident expectation based on God’s promises. It removes doubt, dismisses chance, clings to faith. When there appears to be no possible release, we see a key and believe we won’t be held enslaved forever.

A prisoner of hope is imprisoned for life, to life. They never stop believing that God can. The opportunity for intervention could be at any time. It’s a complete trust in the unseen. At any moment the sound of footsteps approaching their cell could be heard and their hearts could be free of the burden that convicted and desired to sentence them to endless days of worry, disappointment, agony and despair.

When we place our hope in Christ, it is secure because it is in One who never changes. He is certain. Complete security. He is our hope.

"That by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both steadfast and sure and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order Melchizedek." Hebrews 6:18-20.

A prisoner of hope lives in freedom.

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1 comment:

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Sounds a whole lot like the work I've been doing in Hebrews 11. The ESV describes that hope in the unseen as a "settled confidence". Isn't that a great description? If I'm going to be chained to anything, I want to be chained, like Paul, to the Gospel. I'm counting on my chains to be the anchor that pulls me home.

Love you, friend. Let's try and "chat" this week (see I'm talking Canadian now).