The way that we normally use the word “hope” is more like saying, “I wish.” Hope is having a desire that things will change or come to pass as you imagine. When your hope is built upon faith and your faith is founded upon the right object (see my previous Blog), then your hope is more than a wish; it is a certainty.
The way that the Bible uses hope is in this sense of being a certainty. If God says something will happen or gives us a promise to claim, then it is something we can count on, because God cannot lie. Consider the following verse (Hebrews 6:18):
“that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. ”
Friend, is your hope in the stock market? I trust not, for it surely has failed you lately. Is your hope in political leaders? They will surely let you down. Is your hope in family and friends? They will not always be there as they should or always live up to your expectations. The only sure hope is the hope that you can have in faith, and that faith that is founded upon the Truth in the Word of God. Our only hope is trusting in the sacrifice and resurrection of the LORD Jesus Christ.
When problems come or tragedy strikes, “Hope in Faith” and “Hope in God” (see Psalm 42). Do a study on the word “hope” in Scripture. Consider that the hope spoken of in Hebrews 6:18 (above) is the same hope that is an “anchor of the soul” (v. 19), no matter what you are facing.