What do we put our hope in? Do we put our hope in the world or in Christ? The world’s definition of hope is “to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen and be true” (Merriam-Webster.com). “The Biblical definition of hope is ‘confident expectation’” (www.gotquestions.org/hope-Bible.html). Romans 8:24-25 says that “for in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” The hope we are looking for is from the Lord (Psalm 39:7).
The hope from the Biblical perspective “is not simply [an] emotion, attitude, or a feeling. It is confidence that defines us […] Christians don’t define hope so much as live it—in our daily decisions, our routine obedience […] our integrity” (Darrell L. Guder).
We all need hope in our lives. God’s hope carries us through difficult times when we are ready to give up. Hope keeps our dreams alive when the world says God has forsaken us. It diminishes fear and gives us strength to continue our journey with God.
The world does not offer hope. It offers false standards of what is expected of us to succeed in life. Hope in God is possible, because He has already equipped us to succeed. He is in front of us preparing the way. Deuteronomy 31:8 says that “the Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
When we put our hope in Christ, it changes our outlook on life. It changes the way we see our past, present, and future. It fills us with joy and expectation to what is to come. Hope builds our faith while waiting for God to fulfill His promises in our lives. Romans 12:12 states that we need to “be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
The only way to have hope is to trust God whole-heartedly. Romans 15:13 is a simple prayer but, yet, a very power Scripture. I encourage you to take a moment and say this prayer to God: “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.”
In the Bible, the Book of Hebrews, chapter 11, it speaks about how “faith is confidence in what we hope for” (verse 1). For us to have God’s hope in our lives, we must have faith that God never breaks His promises. The entire eleventh chapter of Hebrews declares who God is throughout the Old Testament. God worked through people’s lives to bring others to Christ. The Bible characters Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and so forth are all great role models on how to be a faithful Christian. They put their hope in Christ (Hebrews 11:4-38). In verse 39, it says, “these were all commended for their faith.”
Faith, hope, and trust work together to build our relationship with God. Hope is an important part of our spiritual growth. God’s hope cannot be compared to any other. “Christian hope is rooted in faith in the divine salvation in Christ” (www.gotquestions.org/hope-Bible.html).
Chris Tomlin, a contemporary Christian worship leader and songwriter, started his career in 2001 and continues to touch lives with his music. Tomlin sings a popular song called, “In Christ Alone,” and the lyrics go in depth of God’s hope. It says:
In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love
What depths of peace
When fears are stilled
When strivings cease
My comforter, my all in all
Here in the love of Christ I stand
What are you hoping for today? Are you hoping for a dream to come true? Are you hoping for peace and comfort? Are you hoping for a new career? Whatever it may be, hope for God’s best for your life!