Today while out running an errand, it was not difficult to notice one aspect that led to the writing of this CRA Moment. While there are countless out-and-about, it seems quite apparent that many of those same individuals look, act, and respond as though they have lost hope. While it’s rather difficult to see their faces due to so many covered up with one sort of a mask or another, (some wearing a mask from below their chin to over their forehead) and even with others alone in their car or those riding a bicycle, motorcycle, or walking alone in God’s fresh air. Does the Bible have anything to say about this? Read on to see! Then there are frequently issues about the speed you’re driving. Quite often, there is someone “on-your-tail” as if they want to push you forward! Running stop signs as well as red lights! Rudeness to clerks as well as other employees working in what at one time was your favorite store. What’s going on inside people?
The Community Health Network have given these warning signs for a person who has lost hope. “Struggling to adjust to recent life changes. Wanting to be alone and isolated. Not enjoying the same activities that one used to—things aren’t fun anymore. Sleeping too much or not enough. Eating too much or not enough. Feeling hopeless. Feeling moody—one moment happy, and the next, very sad. Constantly feeling irritable, sad or angry. Using drugs and alcohol to feel better. For many, either being very interested, or disinterested in religion.”
Today I was reading in the 9th chapter of the book of Zechariah when my eye caught these words. At that time reading from the NKJV, verse 11 & 12 states, “As for you also, because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. (Underlining mine) Even today I declare that I will restore double to you.” I was interested to see how a few other translations covered these verses. The Common English Version (CEV) states, “As for you, because of the blood of the agreement with you I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. You prisoners who have hope, return to your place of safety. Today I am telling you that I will give you back twice as much as before.” The Message translation reads, “And you, because of my blood covenant with you, I’ll release your prisoners from their hopeless cells. Come home, hope-filled prisoners! This very day I’m declaring a double bonus—everything you lost returned twice-over!”
The “blood of the agreement,” and “blood covenant with you,” are words Zechariah used as he was writing to the people of Judah after they returned from 70-years of captivity in Babylon. At the same time (probably unbeknownst to Zechariah), he was prophesying forward for a time later in years when we would read his words. In other words, they are very relevant to you and me today, and that is referring to the blood, not of bulls and goats of that day, but the very powerful Blood of the Lord Jesus that was shed for all today who will believe.
Zechariah was writing, there is always hope, even while the world of then, as well as today is broken, that it will not always be so! When Abraham lived, there was a main belief that the “gods” determined man’s fate, and that people had no control in changing their destiny. However, Abraham believed and taught of a loving God in whom anything was possible! In the book of Exodus, the Israelites (because of their suffering) cried out to God, and we read God intervened on their behalf showing once again that He is the God of hope!
There is no room in faith for despair, misery, gloom, despondency, giving up, or losing heart. God has not forgotten any of His kids! I find it noteworthy that even with the irritations placed upon society today of wearing a mask, I find it interesting God’s Word has something to say. Revelation 3:19 in NKJV version reads, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” The Passion version reads, “All those I dearly love I unmask (underlining mine) and train. So repent and be eager to pursue what is right!” When I read those words from the Passion my inner spirit ‘jumped’ with excitement that soon God would “unmask” all, and hope would again be available to all who would lay hold of it.
There is always room for hope!
Blessings, Psalm 20:7 Dale & Jeannie