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 in His name the Gentiles, all the nations of the world will hope with confidence. ~Isaiah about Jesus | Matthew 12:21
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).