Zechariah 9:12 ~ NKJV
“Return to the stronghold, your prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.”
So, fun story, I wasn’t even reading Zechariah this morning. I was in Matthew and I set my Bible down to make a note of something I read. While I was writing, the pages flipped over (as they tend to do in thicker books) to this verse. As soon as I read it, I knew this verse was for today.
A lot of the time, it can seem like the world has gone crazy and taken us with it. Stuff is falling apart left and right and there seems to be nothing we can do about it. But when we return to our stronghold, God, in the midst of overwhelming chaos, He will give us peace.
I love the second part of this: “you prisoners of hope”. It creates an image of this hope we have as being completely inescapable. What a wonderful thing to be so surrounded by God’s hope that it takes your heart captive. *No matter what the outside circumstances are, you can have hope on the inside because the King of Glory has captured your heart!* That’s some awesome news!
Today I want to encourage every person who reads this, that God isn’t finished yet. He is in the process of restoring everything you’ve lost. Nothing good we give up in life for God is truly lost; God will redeem and restore the lost things for His glory. And today, everyone who is struggling with depression, feeling like they aren’t enough, disappointment, fear, and everything in between, today is your day. I claim that “even today” for you, today I am praying that you will be filled with hope and peace that you’ve never felt in your whole life. Today is the day! I declare it for all of you guys!
*- original thought credited to Pastor Phil Hurlbert