Noun - 1. the feeling that what is wanted can be had or
that events will turn out for the best
2. a particular instance of this feeling
3. grounds for this feeling in a particular instance
4. a person or thing in which expectations are centered
5. something that is hoped for
1. to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
2. to believe, desire, or trust.
3. to feel that something desired may happen
4. to place trust; rely
Whether we are talking about hope or hoping, life is only an empty existence without it. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13 Hope is the link that holds faith and love together.
How many times a day do we use the word hope? “I hope this works.” “I hope it doesn’t rain. ” “I hope this dress is OK." “I hope we don’t run out of gas. ” “I hope my children are happy. ” “I hope there is enough food. ”
One day while I ‘hoped’ through the day, I wondered why I was saying: “I hope you will get well.” I hope you have success in the job interview.” I hope you do well in your exams.” Why did I say hope? Is it an “I hope so, but I don’t know?” Or did I mean that I was praying? “I pray that your surgery is successful. ” “I pray that you don’t get lost on your way. ” “I pray that your child recovers.”
When we hope, what are we saying?
- We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. Psalm 31:20
- So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!
- You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope.
- May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy, for I have put
my hope in your word. Psalm 11:74
my hope in your word. Psalm 11:74
Without God, hope would be dead. What do we do that indicates a hope of the future? Plant a garden or a wheat field. Sew garments to wear. Plan a party. Celebrate past events in preparation for another celebration. Say goodbye, expecting another hello. Prepare a meal for family and guests. Put gas in the car to travel a distant place. Milk a cow to make room for new milk. Gather harvests. Fix the bed and launder clothing. In each of these we do, it is because of the expectation of tomorrow. There is always an expectation that the sun will rise. It is a given hope, and we don’t even consider any other result. It just IS.
That IS, we see every day, is because of our Creator. He created everything we see about us, under us and above us. He made the seeds we plant, provided the clothing we wear and the food we eat. Furthermore, he answers our prayers, guides our footsteps, straightens our path, and gives us joy and peace through His Grace. He gives us the desire to be His and learn his ways. He gives us the strength and wisdom to hold on to Him no matter how big the storm grows that surrounds us. He turns our hearts from sorrow into song, praising His name. We recognize in our Lord God the meaning of Hope.
Where does the recognition of this hope lead? Hope leads to Heaven. But how does it lead to Heaven? God gave us the hope when He sent his Only Begotten Son, Jesus to this earth to die on the cross in payment of our sins, past, present and future. God raised Jesus up from the dead after three days. Where was the hope during this time? It was live and well, because the Father and the Son knew ‘the rest of the story.’
Hope is a matter of life and death. It changes everything. If our hope is in the world, it leads to death. If our hope is in our Lord, it leads to life eternal. Hope in God removes the bars of hopelessness around our spirit. Hope brightens the eyes and the will to live. Hope in Jesus creates joy.
Hope is a stairway to Heaven. A smile leads to encouragement, encouragement leads to a spirit of “I can” in Christ, the spirit of “I can” in Christ leads to trust, trust leads to hope in Christ, and hope in Christ leads to love. Loving God and others leads to strength in the Lord who made Heaven and Earth. What a difference hope makes!
- Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory. I Peter 1:2
- I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. Ephesians 1:18
- For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. Ephesians 4:4
- After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you! I Thessalonians 2:19
- Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. I Corinthians 13:7
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