My goal is to write something sublimely spiritual every Friday. I said it’s my goal 🙂 Better than that, perhaps, I’d like to take you along with me on a journey each Friday. It’s something I am working through and processing: what exactly is hope?
Maybe I will share with you sometime the origins of my emphasis on the word “Hope” in the title of this blog. It is obviously a positive word, but more than that it is an OUTLASTING word, a powerful word, something not easily suppressed by circumstance or personal weakness. I like that; I NEED that. Hope.
A few weeks ago I came to the realization that while I have an idea of what hope means–i.e. I believe making right choices now gives us a brighter future to HOPE for–I still have a lot to learn. It reminds me of the words of Zechariah:
Return to the stronghold [of security and prosperity], you prisoners of hope; even today do I declare that I will restore double your former prosperity to you.
Zechariah 9:12 AMP Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation
I first heard that verse from a Joyce Meyer Enjoying Every Day Life episode: I had never thought of myself as a “prisoner of hope” before, but I know I wanted that “double blessing”. I still do. Life’s struggles can chip away at us until we become something other than “ourselves”; returning to the stronghold (the God who gave us personalities and abilities) is the first step in restoring what has been taken through what I like to call “emotional entropy”.
For the past couple of weeks I have made myself a “prisoner of hope” in studying what the Bible says about it. The Bible says a lot, actually…over 200 verses and that’s not including related words like “wait” or “look”. Already I’ve unearthed a lot of treasure based on the definitions of a few Hebrew words and the instances in which they occur. I’m starting the New Testament tomorrow (that means there should be some interesting Greek “tidbits” to look forward to).
Some verses speak strongly with descriptions of hope, as Zechariah 9:12 (above) does; other verses are best when grouped together to pull out a repeatable principle. I hope to share my gleanings with you each Friday–those ideas that stand out the most clearly–and my goal is to put them all in an eBook study in the next few months. It’s going to be difficult because the school year is usually tight for me with Community Bible Study involvement, but I’ll see if I can squeeze something through that will give others a Helping of Hope of Biblical proportions!
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