Hope in the Bible means two things, one is to yearn for (to thirst, long and hunger for something) while the second is a confident expectation with sure basis.
When you say you have hope in God or you are hopeful, what you are saying is you have a confident expectation that what you are believing God for will come to pass. Hope, according to God’s word is very much different from hope in the world. Hope by world standards is baseless, it has no foundation or guarantee. On the contrary the hope you have in the Word of God is based on covenant, it is guaranteed by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Your hope is therefore in His promise to show His goodness in your life.
Hope is more than just a desire, it is a desire accompanied with the divine confidence of obtaining it. There is confidence in this hope, confidence that it will come to pass. That is the kind of hope God wants to give you.
The hope that God gives makes expectation bearable and pleasing. The grounds for your hope should be the Word of God. Every promise for a child you find in the Word of God is for you and is powerful, powerful enough to bring itself to pass. There is great potential in every one of God’s promises for you to experience everyone of them. Every promise of God is desirable, you have a God given right to enjoy each and all of the promises of God.
Your hunger and longing for a child is Godly, when your longing is backed up with promises from the word of God, it ceases to be mere hope but a divine and strong expectation that the promised good will come to pass.
Hope is something wonderful, it is a gift from God to His people especially when it is founded upon the word of God. Hope gives strength, it will bring you through the hardships and insecurities of life, hope will drive away fear, hope will take you to the place of courage, it will send doubt packing.
How Does Hope Come ?
God is the source of supernatural hope, He is the author of the desire and hunger deep down on the inside of every human being. Even though satan tries to pervert this Godly gift, it actually originates in God.
Romans 15 verse 13 calls God the God of hope, He is the author and originator of every good desire. He works in you to desire and long for all His good for you.
Jesus Christ is our hope, not natural hope but beyond that. He is our supernatural hope, the hope that never fails. All who have Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and saviour have received a supernatural hope that imparts in them a confidence, calmness, boldness and the complete assurance that God is faithful to His promises and that they will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Set Your Hope In God
Hope is a choice you have to consciously make. It does not just happen, it requires a deliberate and intelligent decision to cast your hope on Jesus. Make hoping in God a part of your every day living, practice it continually, even in your regular chores, do not wait until your life is at stake. Hope in God for every little thing, soon it will be the order of your life to hope in God.
For in you O Lord, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God. Psalm 38:15
And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. Psalm 39:7
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him. For the help of His countenance. Psalm 42:5
Foundation For Hope
The basis of the steadfast and unshakable hope that God gives is His Word. Natural hope is shaky and unstable. Circumstances sweep away natural hope, but hope that is founded on the infallible word of the living God never disappoints, it never fails, this hope always comes to pass. With this hope you will stand every trial and overcome them all.
As you read, listen, study and meditate on the word of God you will build up the supernatural unshakable hope of God on the inside of you. This hope only resides and takes root in the heart of man. It is not like natural hope that is obvious on the outside, it is not always visible to the natural eyes.
Remember the word of Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life. Psalm 119:49,50
O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy, And with Him is abundant redemption. Psalm 130:7
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God Psalm 146:5
I have hope in God Acts 24:15a
Rest In God’s Hope
God is calling you to rest completely on His hope, to place your confidence and expectation sorely on Him. As you rest in hope you cease from all that causes you to be weary and disturbs you. Sometimes the burden of your need will seem to weigh you down, it becomes nearly unbearable, mentally exerting, that is a good time to rest in hope. Hope will refresh you and free you from the grip of anxiety seeking to hold you captive, it will bring joy and comfort to your soul.
It’s time to rest in God’s promises knowing that God will bless you just as He has promised, He will not fail, that is your hope and earnest expectation. This hope never fails or disappoints, you can rest in God’s hope it is safe and rewarding.
Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. For you are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth. Psalm 71:4,5
Let them be confounded and consumed who are adversaries of my life; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt. But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more. Psalm 71:13,14
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:9-11
Rather than worry and be anxious, this is the place you really should strive to be, resting in His hope.
You Will Be Glad You Did
God is good and faithful. He is totally committed to His people and to those who put their trust in Him. Put all your heart into hoping in God. Doubt will come, do not give in, press in some more, into the place of rest in God’s hope. You will be glad you did, for God will surely bring all your hopes to pass. You will not be disappointed or let down. Have faith and confidence in the hope that God gives. Your hope is not in vain, your day of reward is coming. God will honour your trust and dependence in Him.
God continually reveals to us in scriptures how rewarding it is to put ones hope in God.
The hope of the righteous will be gladness Proverbs 10:28a
Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24
According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. Philippians 1:20
Hold tight to your hope in God, your day of manifestation is coming, it will surely come.
Put your faith and hope in the Lord, He is trustworthy. He will not fail you, no never. Have complete assurance that God will honour your hope in Him. God is a powerful and good God.
He will grant you the desires of your heart, believe your hope will yield great results and right on time. Take your place in hope.
You are my King, O God; command victories for Jacob. Through You we will push down our enemies; through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us. For I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me. But You have saved us from our enemies, and have put to shame those who hated us. In God we boast all day long, and praise Your name forever. Psalm 44:4-8
As you hope in God, great things will begin to happen, get ready!