My daughter has black high-heel shoes which she wears everywhere. I call them her “clip-clop” shoes because that’s the sound they make on the hardwood floor. They should be called her confident heels. Why? She wears them with so much confidence.
When I think about hope, I often think of it as a “wishy-washy” kind of faith. Only it is not like this at all. The true Biblical hope can be seen in the story of Hannah in I Samuel. Hannah was a woman scorned and seemingly forgotten by God. She had no children; alone and tormented by the emptiness of her arms. Did her soul feel the ache of emptiness too?
Hannah was desperate and prayed a desperate prayer to God. In this prayer she asked, begged, God to intervene. Without an answer, a voice from heaven, or even a promise from Scripture, she walked away from that prayer with confident joy. Not a happiness because her womb was full but because her heart has full.
With Hannah, hope she held came out in her prayer. If we do not believe God will answer and have confidence in His ability (and kindness) to answer our prayers – what is the point? Hannah placed her confidence – her hope – in God alone.
So when we talk about Biblical hope we do not talk about the wishing but the waiting. In the waiting we do not hope without joy, peace, or expectation. Like a mother expecting a child; like a garden expecting the spring rains; like the child watching for his daddy to return to work: we hope with a confidence nothing can deter us.
True Biblical hope is about WHO not WHAT. We hope in God. Our hope is in a God who hears us (Psalm 116), a God who sees us (Psalm 46), a Father who loves us (Matthew 7), and a Savior who is alive (I Peter 1:3).
Are you facing a season of loneliness, grief, depression, anxiety, or even hopelessness? God says no darkness is too dark for Him. (Psalm 139:14) The same God who formed the stars holds your hand, even in the dark. Our hope may seem insignificant, but the scripture teaches that our hope is secure in Jesus Christ. Join us for a 7 day hope challenge!
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You can also check out this article I wrote for Crosswalk titled: What Does the Bible Say About Hope?