As believers who have put our trust in Jesus Christ, what is the life that God has given to us?
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.”
— Romans 5:1–2 NIV
One day, when I was studying the Word, the Lord said to me, “Notice how goodness and mercy follow you in Psalm 23:6.” Then, He brought me to John 10:4, where it describes how the shepherd goes before the sheep and the sheep follow him.
In Zechariah, God has a word for His people.
“Return to the stronghold,
You prisoners of hope.
Even today I declare
That I will restore double to you.”
—Zechariah 9:12 NKJV
“prisoners of hope” — God calls us prisoners of hope. Once, we were all prisoners of hopelessness.
We can have this hope because Jesus took the stripes on His back, took our infirmities and bore our diseases (see Isa. 53:5).
There is no reason for us to bear our sickness and diseases, for Jesus has already borne it all.
“I will give her vineyards from there,
And the Valley of Achor (trouble) as a door of hope;
She shall sing there;
As in the days of her youth,
As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.”
— Hosea 2:15 NKJV
“Valley of Achor” — the word “Achor” means “trouble” in Hebrew.
Notice that this door of hope isn’t found on the mountain tops; it’s found in the valley.