Most often when we think of the word “ Hope”, it is in terms of wishing for certain things to happen. That is normal and there is nothing wrong with that. It is good to know there is a much deeper meaning for the word “Hope” than just wishful thinking. Hope is mentioned over 150 times in the Bible. It is not limited to our circumstances or what is going on in our lives. It transcends all of that. It actually means to have confidence and trust in God no matter what we face. Lysa Terkeurst, popular inspirational speaker and author describes it this way: “My Hope isn’t tied to my expectations finally being met in my way and in my timing. No, my Hope isn’t tied to whether whether or not a circumstance or another person changes. My Hope is tied to the unchanging promise of God. I Hope for the good I know God will ultimately bring from this, whether the good turns out to match my desire or not.”
Here are a few of those Bible verses that refer to this kind of Hope:
“Put your Hope in the Lord, travel steadily along His path.” – Psalm 37:34
“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their Hope and confidence.” – Jeremiah 17:7
“You are my refuge and shield. Your Word is my Source of Hope.” – Psalm 119:114
“Let Your unfailing love surrounds us, Lord, for our Hope is in You.” – Psalm 33:22
The early Christians used the symbol of an anchor with a cross on of it. It was to give them Hope and remind them of their confidence and faith in God. You may seen this same symbol in a stained glass window in a church. It is taken from Hebrews 6:19… “We have this Hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Even today, beneath the surface of our lives, we also have this anchor of Hope and trust in God. This anchor holds us through the storms of life. Hope is not just wishful thinking, it is having confidence in God, regardless of the situation.
“May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.” – Romans 15:13