Most people understand hope as wishful thinking, as in “I hope something will happen.” I have been guilty of thinking that. It is common but not the truth of God.
This is not what the Bible means by hope. The biblical definition of hope is “confident expectation.”
Hope is up to me to be confident in my King Jesus. I must expect God to come through just like He has promised.
And … He will. Yes and Yes and some more Yes.
- Hope is a firm assurance I have regarding things that are unclear and unknown (Romans 8:24-25; Hebrews 11:1, 7).
- Hope is a fundamental component of the life of the righteous (Proverbs 23:18).
- Without hope, life loses its meaning (Lamentations 3:18; Job 7:6) and in death there is no hope (Isaiah 38:18; Job 17:15).
- The righteous who trust or put their hope in God will be helped (Psalm 28:7), and they will not be confounded, put to shame, or disappointed (Isaiah 49:23).
- The righteous, who have this trustful hope in God, have a general confidence in God’s protection and help (Jeremiah 29:11) and are free from fear and anxiety (Psalm 46:2-3).
The outcome of hoping in God: It brings security and confidence.
- 1 Timothy 4:10 — For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.
- Psalm 146:5 — How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the Master his God,
- Job 11:18 — “Then you would trust, because there is hope; And you would look around and rest securely.
- Psalm 25:3 — Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed; Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.
- Psalm 33:17–18 — A horse is a false hope for victory; Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the Master is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness,
- Psalm 33:20–22 — Our soul waits for the Master; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, Because we trust in His holy name. Let Your lovingkindness, O Master, be upon us, According as we have hoped in You.
- Psalm 39:7 — “And now, Master, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.”
- Psalm 52:9 — I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it, And I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.
- Psalm 71:5 — For You are my hope; O Master God, You are my confidence from my youth.
- Psalm 147:11 — The Master favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness.
- Jeremiah 14:22 — Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain? Or can the heavens grant showers? Is it not You, O Master our God? Therefore we hope in You, For You are the one who has done all these things.
- Lamentations 3:21–22 — This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. The Master’s loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.
- Acts 24:15 — Having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.
- Romans 15:12 — Again Isaiah says, “There shall come the root of Jesse, And He who arises to rule over the Gentiles, In Him shall the Gentiles hope.”