Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners who still have hope! I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles. — Zechariah 9:12
Hope is the anchor of our soul. Without an anchor though, you will drift away. When Zechariah said stay anchored to hope, he would give you double, the scripture moved my spirit. This is a message for me, but it is also relevant to other readers of this column.
Scripture reminds us, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”-Psalm 30:5. When you weep and are in trouble, and you forget about the Heavenly Father, Him who made us, and sent us down to this earth on a mission; you are in essence, living without your anchor down. You will surely slowly drift away; and many times, you may awaken to find yourself in a place unknown, even to you.
Have you discovered the people in your life are hindering you, instead of helping you? Anytime you find yourself at a crossroad, pray and ask for guidance so the Lord our God will show you, without doubt, which road to take. Then travel along that road knowing full well that you are covered with ‘the blood of Jesus’!
Believe again! Expect again! Stir up your gifts! Scripture also says “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:6-7
I heard a quote by Joel Osteen, who said, “The forces that are for you are greater than the forces against you.” And a scripture that backs that up is 2 Kings 6:16: “So he answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’” We are children of the King!
Let me encourage you to keep on, keeping on. Never allow anyone to stop you from doing what you were sent here to do. It could take you 40 years too, like it did Moses! Wayne Blake, of Daily Bible Study, shared an answer I agree with to the question of why it took Moses 40 years to travel a straight-line distance. The answer is because the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness wasn’t a journey as much as it was a death sentence for those who refused the opportunity to enter the Promised Land not long after they left Egypt.
Instead of a direct course from Egypt to Israel, the generation that refused to enter the land promised to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob turned back and wandered around and around in the wilderness until they were all gone. For those who rebelled against God, the Exodus became a journey without a destination, and for the others, it became a matter of taking the long way home.
Another was His Servant Job, whose wife told him, “You ought to curse God and die!” But Job said “All the days of my appointed time, will I wait til my change come!” Job never gave up his God. If it has taken you many more years than you expected, it doesn’t mean that you won’t get what has been promised to you either.
Personally, I began my journey more than 35 years ago; and though I have not gotten there yet, I can finally see the Promised Land! Each day, more and more miracles are coming into my life. In times like these you need a Savior. In times like these you need an anchor. Be very sure, be very sure. Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
Lyndia Grant is a writer in the DMV, she hosts a radio talk show weekly; visit her website at www.lyndiagrant.com; email her at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 202-518-3192.