When you think of “hope”, what do you think about? Most would agree they think of possibilities. For example, the hope to have a child, the hope for a better future, or simply the hope for something more. But if we think about it, our first instinct is to thinks positive, while our natural mind set reverts to a more doubtful hope because of a conditioning we go through in our day to day. An example of that would be the phrase, “well, I hope so..”. Throughout scripture when you read the word ‘hope’ it’s not meaning a doubtful way at all! In each scripture, it paints the picture of a joyful foundation that we can stand firmly on and look for better.
Some of you may ask, “well, what is the difference betweenhopeandfaith?” To be honest, from what I’ve researched so far, there really isn’t that big of a difference. They each blend in so well with one another it is hard to tell the difference betweenthetwo. Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen or a want for something to happen. In other words, a desire, a goal, a plan or design, also to expect or anticipate. Whereas faith is a complete trust or confidence in someone or something. As I was growing up, I often felt that if I hoped for something to happen, that I was sinning against God because I didn’t have complete confidence that He would do it. I felt as though I didn’t have the faith it took to move that mountain in my path (Matt. 17:20). But I now realize that that twist on “hope” only came from worldly disappointments. Once you realize that this word “so” was placed behind your “hope”, as in “I hope so..”, you fight even harder to keep your joy in the Lord (Romans 15:13) because it was only placed to throw you off and make you doubt.
1 Peter 3:15 says, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” Are you ready to give an answer for your hope? Which answer of “hope” would you give? Let your eyes stay fixated on Him and your hearts be filled with joy knowing there is hope! Not a worldly hope full of doubt, but a Heavenly hope that encourages and moves you for something greater! Let us put our hope in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Anna Green Anna & Tony Green