To you my brothers and sisters who are hurt, sick and depressed. This encouragement is for you.
The Bible has quite a lot to say about hope. Hope is mentioned in the Bible over 150 times. It is, in fact, one of the three chief virtues, listed after faith and before love: 1 Corinthians 13:13
But now these three remain- faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love.
Biblical hope has its foundation faith in God. Unlike biblical hope, the way we use the word hope in our day to day speech is usually connected with doubt. Most people understand hope as a wishful thinking as in ” I hope something will happen.” For example: ” I hope it will not rain tomorrow” or I hope I remain healthy.” This is not what the Bible means by hope – Biblical hope has no doubt and is originated in the Hebrew word “Batach” and has the meanings of confidence, security and trust. Hope is a firm assurance regarding things that are unclear and known:
For in hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, then we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. When we hope in God it means we have full confidence that comes by knowing for sure, without question, what we have been promised by God in His Word.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of realities not seen. Our hope (and faith) is confident assurance, for it is founded upon the rock of our salvation Yeshua the Messiah. Therefore, biblical hope is a reality and not a feeling.Biblical hope carries no doubt. Biblical hope is a sure foundation upon which we base our lives, believing that Yah always keeps His promises. Hope or confident assurance can be ours if we trust His Word. The righteous that trust or put their hope in God will be helped:
Adonai is my strength and my shield my heart trusts in Him , and I was helped. Therefore, my heart leaps for joy and I will praise Him with my song. The righteous, that have this trust hope in God, have a general confidence in Yah providing for them a good future.
For I know the plans that I have in mind for you, “declares Adonai , ” plans for shalom and not calamity- to give you a future and a hope. Hope produces joy and peace in believers through the power of the spirit.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and shalom in trusting , so you may overflow with hope in the power of the Ruach Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit). When we hope, trust and fully believe Yah and His promises for us as obedient believers we will attain the ultimate gift – -eternal life.
Amen, amen I tell you, he who believes has eternal life.
Accepting this gift of eternal life means our hope is no longer filled with doubt, but rather has its sure foundation, the whole of God’s Word, the entirety of God’s character and the finished work of Yeshua the Messiah.
On the other hand, those who do not place their trust in God are said to be without hope:
1 Thessalonians 4:13
Now we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters about those who are asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest who have no hope. Without hope, life loses its meaning and brings death and in death there is no hope.
For Sheol cannot thank You, death cannot praise You. Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness.
FAITH vs HOPE
Faith and Hope are different but directly related. You cannot be faithful without being hopeful in Yah’s Word and promises and you cannot be hopeful in Yah’s Word and promises without having faith in the existence of Yah and the salvation in Yeshua.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of realities not seen
Faith is complete trust or confidence in something. Faith involves trusting a set of facts. For example , we have faith in Yeshua. This means we completely trust Yeshua for our eternal destiny and we believe in His death and resurrection for our salvation. Biblical hope is built on faith. Hope is the anticipation that comes with believing something good. Hope is confident expectation that naturally comes from faith. Hope involves something that is as yet unseen
. Yeshua’s return is our “blessed hope”. Titus 2:13
We wait for the blessed hope and appearance of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Messiah Yeshua. We cannot see Yeshua yet, physically, but we know He’s coming and we anticipate that event with joy. Yeshua promises us that He is coming:
If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to Myself, so that where I am you may also be.
By faith, we trust Yeshua’s words and that leads to the hope that we will one day be with Him forever.
Faith and Hope are complementary. Faith is grounded in the reality of the past, hope is looking to the reality of the future. Without faith, there is no hope and without hope there is no true faith. As believers, we must be people of both faith and hope.
Based on the hope of eternal life. God – who cannot lie -promised this before the beginning of time.