Hope is probably one of the most misused words in the English language.
When we say”we’re hoping for something”, what we really mean is that we’re just wishing for it; we really want it to happen, but we doubt that it will. We hope for a raise or promotion at work. We hope for our children to do well in life. We hope that God hears and answers our prayers.
The way we use that hope is only a shadow of what God meant it to be. Our hope is not a wish, it isn’t something covered in doubt. No, like we saw last time, hope is a confident, joyful expectation of God’s goodness.
Look at how that definition stands in total opposition to how the world sees hope. It isn’t some weak thing striving to survive in a world of darkness. Hope is a light that overwhelms the darkness in our lives. It’s a confident expectation that God’s goodness will come to pass.
Romans 4:18 says, “Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping-believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him,’That’s how many descendants you will have!'”
Even when there was no reason for worldly hope, Abraham had a confident, joyful expectation that God would do what He said. This was a time in Abraham’s life where everyone else would have told him to give up. They would have told him it was too late; he was too old; Sarah was too old, etc. He didn’t give up though, because Abraham’s hope was in God, not the world.
We have the same hope that Abraham had because God has given us promises the same way He gave them to Abraham. God probably hasn’t promised you that you’ll be the father of many nations, but He has promised you peace, joy and prosperity.
Instead of reading those promises in the Bible and hearing Bible teachers talk about them and thinking, “I really hope that’s for me” while not really believing it is, why don’t you change your definition of hope to line up with God’s word? Then you’ll be able to confidently and joyfully expect that what God has promised you will happen.