Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope;
even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.
Prisoners of Hope.
We live expectantly for what lies ahead, but for now we are of the world and the prince of this world runs amuck.
Jesus tells his disciples that the prince of this world was coming, but that Jesus was not under his power or control (John 14: 30)
Jesus goes on to tell the disciples ( and us) that “here on this earth you will have many trials and sorrows.” But we are to take heart because we can have peace in Christ (John 16:33)
The prince of this world has already been judged and is condemned (John 16:11).
So what to do?
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. (1 Chronicles 16:11)
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him and and he helps me…(Psalm 28:7)
The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. (Psalm 29:11)
So we watch, we wait, and we look up. Expectantly. Though we have troubles, God is our fortress – He is our safe place. Jesus has shown us the way and we have his peace.
Live expectantly. Take hold of Christ’s peace. Rest in God’s strength.