I pray that God, who gives hope, will bless you with complete happiness and peace because of your faith. And may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope.
Romans 15:13 CEV
Hope is defined as “a favorable and confident expectation. It describes the happy anticipation of good.” You can’t go wrong with hope because you have absolutely nothing to lose. Here’s how hope works…envision yourself at a bus stop waiting on the bus. You are constantly looking for that bus, so you look to the left, and you look to the right, in an expectation that that bus will show up at any moment. That’s how hope works. You wake up each morning confident that God is going to move in your life, so as the day goes on, you’re looking to the left, and looking to the right, hoping that blessings will run you down. Your eyes are on the promises of God all day long. Having hope makes life so much more exciting instead of meditating on your issues. When you expect something, you wait patiently until it comes, and it’s no different with hope. If you wake up one day expecting God to move, and if you feel nothing happened, you just wake up the next day, keeping hope alive, still expecting. You don’t give up on hope. The worse thing that could happen is that you have more peace and better days because you kept your eyes on God. When your hope is in Him, He will not disappoint you. Even in times of trouble, God is still faithful to His Word, and you can still have hope as it says in Lamentations 3:20-21 (NLT), “I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this.” Hope isn’t just for the “happy” person, it’s even more so for those who are dealing with tough times. Hope is for anyone who dares to trust in God regardless of the situation or how they feel.
People wonder what the difference is between “hoping” and “wishing.” To me, when you have hope, you are expecting something good to happen to you every day, and you believe that “something” is coming from God and God alone. Think about it like this, you expect “something” on a daily basis anyway, so why not put that expectation in God by having hope. You should know that God is faithful, dependable, and reliable, so whatever you are hoping for, it’s bound to happen in His timing. Hope increases your faith and strengthens your confidence in God. Wishing, on the other hand, means “to have a desire, or strong desire, either for what is or is not supposed to be obtainable.” Wishing doesn’t produce a confident expectation or increase your faith. When you wish, you’re just wanting something to happen…not necessarily depending on God as your source. Wishing produces emptiness, whereas hope produces joy, peace, and happiness. Christians have hope, the rest of the world has the wish factor; and if you haven’t noticed, most people who operate like this are empty on the inside, always looking for something or someone to fill the void that only God can fill. There isn’t a confident expectation…if it happens it happens, if it doesn’t, it just doesn’t…oh well. What a terrible, hopeless way to live. I encourage you to toss “wishing” and get filled with hope!
Hope produces happiness. Hope alleviates stress. Hope brings comfort. Hope relieves frustration. Hope cures depression. Hope makes life more enjoyable to live. If you want more joy, peace, and happiness in your life, keep hope alive. You can’t lose with hope!
It’s time to get excited with hope:
- The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing. (Proverbs 10:28 NLT)
- Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is like a tree of life.(Proverbs 13:12 NET)
- Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God! (Psalms 43:5 NLT)
- Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners who still have hope! I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles. (Zachariah 9:12 NLT)
- Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope. (Psalms 119:49 NLT)