Hope breathes life into broken moments. It prompts a foot to take another step. Most adventures start with it, and everyone can have it.
Everyone needs to hope for something.
Without hope, we lose direction and flounder. The mountains are too high and the valleys too deep. When hope diminishes, the heart sinks.
But it’s not just hope that’s important.
What’s at the heart of hope also matters. And this isn’t the hope you have when you make a wish and hope for the best. No. This hope goes far deeper than that. This hope stands on sure feet. It knows something that wishful hope does not.
It knows God, and that makes the difference.
We can hope things will get better—hope we get the job, hope she says yes, hope we figure out what we’re supposed to do with our life. This hope floats around unattached to anything. It’s just us trying to stay positive.
God has a better idea for hope.
Let’s look at the job example. You’ve taken classes. You’ve gotten degrees and certifications, and now you’re ready to find a job. You’re hoping you’ll find something that pays well and you’ll enjoy. You’re also hoping the search won’t take long. All those things are fine, but the fear of failing still remains.
Still, you can maintain a certain level of hope based on your skills, the job market, and the effort you put into looking for a job. You could think of hope as a more spiritual version of figuring out your odds.
In this example, hope does nothing except keep you thinking positively and trying.
There is a different hope, though. A hope that makes a difference, that doesn’t disappoint.
God’s idea of hope is simple. It’s hoping in Him. He is our hope.
Faith and hope are connected, but the difference between them is significant. Without hope, our faith will struggle to thrive. Faith acts on what hope says.
But what does hope say?
A hope founded in God reminds us that God loves us. He cares, and He’s actively involved in our lives. He promises good things to his children, and He knows us—our needs, our dreams, our struggles.
This hope gives us courage and strengthens our hearts when all seems bleak. It tells us there’s more to life. Through a hope founded in the love of God, we no longer have to wonder if things will be okay. We just need to wonder how He will work it out.
We can hope in God. With our entire lives, all of it—every messed up part, every poor decision, every scary turn—God knows, and he’s working for our deliverance, growth, and goodness.
Do you need an extra dose of hope today? Hope in God. When you put your hope in him and not your circumstances or even yourself, your odds increase exponentially. Read these verses and be reminded of God’s goodness and power and have hope!
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”
Psalms 71:4 – 71:5
“Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.”
“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”
“But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts.”
“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.”
“And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.”
“But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.”
“That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:”
Psalms 16:8 – 16:9
“Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.”
“Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.”
“For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.”
“The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.”
“I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.”
“Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:”
“Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.”
Popular Bible Verses For Hope
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
1 Peter 1:3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
1 John 3:3
“And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
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