Hope to see you soon. Hope you feel better. Hope for a promotion. Hoping for the best. I hope so. Hope he/she remembers. Hope to be invited to the wedding. These are examples of what we say regarding our perception of hope.
But what is hope? Merriam-Webster defines hope as:
“To cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or to be true;
“To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment;
“To expect with confidence; Trust.”
If hope is an expectation of what is to come, then someone who has no hope has lost their faith to believe in the One who gives us hope. If you lose hope, what happens to faith? Without faith there is no hope and without hope you die–there is no expectation of what is to come. We are lost without hope. Without hope we no longer believe in what God has promised in His Word.
Jesus gives us this hope. Let us look at some of the scriptures that pertain to hope–God’s evidence of faith and the hope within us.
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)
Isaiah 40:31: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (NIV)
Colossians 1:27: “…the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (NIV)
Romans 8:24-25: “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” (NIV)
Romans 5:2-5: “…and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (NIV)
Job 17:15-16: “…where then is my hope? Who can see any hope for me? Will it go down to the gates of death? Will we descend together into the dust?” (NIV)
Psalm 147:11: “The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” (NIV)
According to the scriptures we have read, faith appears to be the catalyst that creates the hope that there will be a better tomorrow–that all will be well no matter what our circumstances seem to be at the time. There is no doubt in Biblical hope because we know “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).