Biblical hope isn’t wishful thinking. It’s a confident expectation for God to be and do all that He says He is and promises.
“For I am the LORD, I do not change…”
“as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
God’s word is as good as His character. Perfect!
His plans prevail regardless of how people feel. His word is living and powerful. When God speaks, awesome things happen!
The only time a person is in a hopeless state is when he or she is trying to do that which is only possible to God. As long as you’re letting God lead the way, there’s hope.
God never promised it would be easy to walk the straight and narrow. Nevertheless, He will get you to where you need to be to receive the best in life, providing you put an anchor of hope in Him.
Hope and Strength in Hard Times
“You have moved my soul far from peace; I have forgotten prosperity. And I said, ‘My strength and my hope Have perished from the LORD.'”
“What strength do I have, that I should hope? And what is my end, that I should prolong my life?”
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance. O my God, my soul is cast down within me; Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, And from the heights of Hermon, From the Hill Mizar. Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life.”
Even great men of faith can feel hopeless. But it’s just that: a feeling. Then they remember what God has done. Discouragement ceases; and they come out stronger—shining brighter than before.
Their stories of triumph live on in our hearts, inspiring us to go further, and to reach higher. We put our confidence in God, and more chapters are added to the story of hope for all to read and learn from.
“You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. And we have such trust through Christ toward God.”
2 Corinthians 3:2-4
Remember how God has led His people in the past. Remember His promises. Believe in His love for your soul. And love Him with all your heart.
It’s easier said than done, someone might say. I agree. But I have learned that it’s a lot easier to let God be God than it is to solve my problems on my own.
And with that, I invite you to meditate on the following promises…
Bible Promises on Hope
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.”
“I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked, And I will redeem you from the grip of the terrible.”
“…all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
Positive Outcomes are Born Out of Hope
A dedicated teacher invited his teen inmate students to enroll in a math competition. Only a handful out of hundreds accepted the challenge. Two did exceptionally well, making it to the Math Olympics!
One of the two students who only envisioned himself as a drug dealer for the rest of his life suddenly had a new goal. Now he wants to study law so he could help people stay out of jail. And the other aspires to become an engineer. All because someone believed in them, and cared enough to show them they could excel.
Many would have given up on these young men, forever stamping them as criminals. But someone saw potential in them to do great things. Someone gave them hope, and now they’re striving to better themselves.
God invites you to become a part of something beautiful, something greater than anything this world offers. You can never work hard enough to earn it, but if you’re willing to take God’s hand, He will help you get there.
The place you’re in may be dark, but it’s not so dark that God can’t see you.
God will turn things around. But you need to be active in pursuing Him. Don’t focus on what your circumstances won’t allow you to do. Instead, concentrate your efforts on doing what you can, and give it all you’ve got.
Don’t lose hope. God does amazing things in the lives of those who believe.
*Want to go deeper? Read: 16 Powerful Scripture Quotes on Hope