What does the Bible teach about hope?

What does the Bible teach about hope?

Did you ever hope for something and didn’t get it? Biblical hope is different…

1. Biblical hope is hope in God

Biblical hope is putting your trust fully in God. This hope is a solid expectation of that what God says about Himself, is true. The Word of God calls on us to “hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore” (Psalm 131:1). Which means you can hope always, in every situation in God, even the in the small everyday things of life.

In the present and the future. You can trust the Lord because He is the “fountain of life” (Psalm 36:9). From Him comes “every good gift” (James 1:17). Your life is not ‘hidden from the Lord’. His eye is on you, because He is “the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth“. Hope on Him, and “mount up with wings like eagles” (Isaiah 40:27, 28, 31). When you’re worried, do the same thing as the psalmist. He speaks to his soul: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation” (Psalm 42:5).

2. Biblical hope is a solid trust in God

Hope in God is not a vague expectation or uncertain searching. It is a solid trust in God and His Word. To know what this means, you can learn from Abraham. He had received a promise from God that he and his wife Sarah would have a child and that a great nation would come forth of this child. The Bible says about Abraham: “He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised” (Romans 4:19 – 21). He hoped in God and not in his own human capabilities. God fulfilled this promise gloriously. Out of this child a great nation and, ultimately, the Lord Jesus Christ was born. Through Him, our Saviour, we can also have confidence and trust in God.

Another example from the Old Testament is the people of Israel in exile. They were brutally taken from their own country to a strange land, where they were made slaves. The temple and city of Jerusalem lay in ashes. The people of Israel were in a very bad situation. No wonder they said: “Our hope has perished. Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.” God heard their mourning and promised them: “Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel” (Ezekiel 37:11, 12). The Lord brought them indeed back to the promised land and gracefully fulfilled His Word.

Maybe you also feel that your ‘hope has perished’ and have no hope for the future. Know that God will not let you go, no matter what happens to you. No pit so deep, or the love of Jesus Christ is deeper. The Word of God assures us “that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38, 39). For those who love God all things (also the bad things which happen to you) work together for their good purpose. He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give you all things?

3. Biblical hope is a gift of God

Biblical solid ‘hope’ is a gift of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13). Hope is a gift through faith in Jesus Christ. It’s free because He was killed on the cross and rose from the death to give you hope and eternal life. If you hope in Him, you have a “hope laid up for you in heaven” (Colossians 1:5). Then you have “hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised” (Titus 1:2).

4. Biblical hope is promised to you

Don’t you have this hope? Do you sometimes doubt or distrust God? Ask Him to give you – every day anew – solid hope in Him. Jesus says: ‘Ask, and it will be given to you.‘ (Matthew 7:7) He does not say ‘Ask and it will maybe given to you’. His promises are certain and solid. Trust Him on His Word.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3: 5, 6

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Pieter Brands

Pieter Brands

Pieter Brands (1980) grew up in a Christian family in the small village of Urk, the Netherlands. He came to faith in his high school years. He studied Theology at the Evangelical Theological University in Veenendaal and at the Theological University of Apeldoorn. In his church, Pieter has been an elder for five years now. He also volunteers in evangelisation and Christian youth work. As his daily work, Brands runs his own fundraising and consultancy firm.

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