Hope is the cornerstone of our faith. Without hope, we have absolutely nothing. According to Webster’s dictionary, hope is defined as “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.” It further defines hope as “a person or thing in which expectations are centered.”
Similarly, Scripture offers us a definition of hope. According to the Hebrew and Greek translation of the word hope, it is an indication of certainty. Actually, more than an indication; it is a confident expectation. A confident expectation! I really like the sound of that and I like what that means. It means that when I have hope, when you have hope, it is a certainty, a confident expectation in the desired outcome. What comfort that gives me and what comfort it should give you. It is a sure certainty that what God has promised in the Word is true (Romans 8:24-25).
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that “now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
To hope is to trust in, wait for, look for, or desire something, or someone or to expect something beneficial in the future. Today, at this very moment, we all have things we hope for. Collectively, we have the hope for eternal life or as Jeremiah tells us in chapter 14 verse 22, “our hope is in you.” God is beyond worthy of our trust and of our certainty. Hope is a proper response to the promises of God (Hebrews 6:18).
On this earthy plane though, we all pray and ask God for a host of things. Lately, many prayers are directed towards being employed in this turbulent world economy. Unemployment is at the top of the list of concerns for the people of the world according to the Gallup Poll. Many people in our world today, across both genders and demographics desire a good paying job.
What are you hoping for today?
I share with you today, that whatever goodness you are hoping for, know that simply because you have hope it naturally leads to joy, boldness, faith and love and in hope we can find great comfort (Romans 5:2).
Let’s keep hoping today!
(article by Iana Del Benjamin)