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What is Hope in the Bible?
In the traditional sense, “hope” signifies a wish or desire. We say things like, “I hope you get better soon” or “I hope I get the bills paid.” But, hope in the Bible isn’t merely a wish or desire. It’s the firm belief and confidence that, protected by God’s unconditional love, his promises will come to fruition.
Secular Hope vs. Hope in the Bible
Unlike the secular version of hope, the hope in the Bible doesn’t depend on circumstances, people, or the validity of others. It isn’t expressing a hope that’s founded in uncertainty. Rather, biblical hope is, founded in certainty, knowing that God doesn’t lie and always keeps His promises.
Create a Reservoir of Hope to Drawn On
Creating and nurturing a reservoir of hope will help you maintain strength that is unmatched, regardless of the situation. You can do this through prayer, Scripture writing, verse memorization, Bible journaling, Bible study, or consistent reading of the Bible. This helps you recall God’s promises when you need to draw on Hope. Here are a few examples:
- If you are confronted by someone who puts you down, draw on your reservoir of hope for the strength to resist self-pity, turning negativity into love and understanding. Consider studying Matthew 5 and recalling verses 44-45. It will also keep you from reacting in self-justification and, instead, remember to live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.
- Matthew 5:44-45 King James Version
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
- If you experience a setback in your goals (we all do at times), whether it’s due to sickness, business, or financial issues, turn to your reservoir of hope for the strength to not give up. Remember Philippians 4:13 – You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
- If you end up struggling with a temptation to lie, steal, etc., draw on hope for the strength to stick to the righteous path. Remember, the rewards of giving in to temptation will be short-lived, and that God will always be there to help you come through it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 King James Version
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Be patient. Don’t confuse a delay for disregard. If what you’re hoping for doesn’t happen on your timeline, it doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen. Have hope in the Lord and trust that He will answer your prayers according to His will.
Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.
For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
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