Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. Zechariah 9:12
Fortresses are places of security, safety, and provision. People strive to build all of these things with the ways of the world, bigger houses, careers, bank accounts and more. These things are built up in hopes of a more secure future.
All of these provide a false sense of what people are really desiring. Each of these are temporary and will fade away or can be quickly removed.
Zechariah gives a call to the Israelites to return to their fortress. As they return, they will also be restored with twice as much as they had lost.
Believers are living in a fallen world and have often become prisoners of this world. They can get caught up in what the world sees as important and strive after those things. Rather than looking up to God, they look outward to people and the things of this world.
When Zechariah made this call, he had just prophesied about Jesus coming. Jesus, being God, is the fortress that everyone can run to. He is a firm foundation that everyone can stand upon.
God is a God of hope, salvation, and provision. The world and sin has tried to take away the joy and hope of salvation from believers.
When the believer returns to God, his fortress, he will get twice as much as what was stolen from him restored–twice as much joy, grace, salvation, hope, peace, and provision. These are things that will last for eternity and cannot be taken away.
Jesus has broken the chains of sin and bondage so that every believer can return to the fortress of God to have a hope that lasts for eternity.
Over time you may have allowed the ways of the world trap you into thinking as the world does. You may have allowed yourself to get trapped into seeking all of your needs as the world does.
It is not too late, you can turn around and return to God with all of your heart. Go to the fortress of Jesus and be restored. God is ready and willing to restore all that has been lost and more due to running with the world.
God loves you and is full of mercy and grace. Allow Him to be your fortress in this fallen world as you wait for His return.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will be your strong fortress; that you will live by God’s ways of living; and that you will see God restore all that has been lost in following the world’s ways.
He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. Daniel 7:14
Kingdoms and nations have risen and fallen over the centuries. Some have remained around for hundreds, even thousands of years, while others have only lasted a short time.
Some nations have risen to power and appeared to be strong enough to last forever, but eventually fell and were destroyed. The one common factor of all nations, is that none of them have lasted forever, all have fallen at some point.
Daniel gets a vision of the Son of Man being given all authority and power over the entire earth. His kingdom would be one that would last forever and never be destroyed.
Over the centuries the Christian belief has had times where it appeared to be the dominating belief of the people of the world, while other times it appeared to be dying out. When Jesus died upon the cross, many of the disciples began to wonder what would be next. They had expected Him to live and conquer the world, but He didn’t. It was after His resurrection that they began to see His true power and authority.
Many nations and groups of people have attempted to destroy God’s kingdom of believers. Yet, none have succeeded. In fact, the more the church was persecuted, the more it grew in power and authority.
Despite what the world thinks or feels, Jesus is in control. He has already been given all authority and power when He rose from the dead. Every believer can stand on this truth and hope, knowing that some day all sin will be erased and they will be on the winning side.
There may be days when you feel as if the world is winning the battle against believers. It may appear that God is not really in control and will lose in the end.
Do not forget that Jesus defeated death, the greatest enemy of man. He was able to do this because He was given all authority and power to have an everlasting kingdom.
You, as a believer, are a part of His kingdom. You are on the winning side. Do not give up or lose hope. In the end God will win the battle and you will win with Him as long as you trust in Him.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God’s authority and power; that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; and that God will remove fear of the world’s weak power and authority.