I drove by a sign the other day. It was a street named Hope. Hope Street sounds like a wonderful place to live. While the name may evoke good feelings the reality could be far from that. Whether we live on an actual street named Hope or not, how can we spiritually live there?
First let’s look at the word hope and it’s use in the Bible. The word is mentioned 127 times according to some biblical scholars. The main definition seems to be that of patient, confident expectancy. Does that describe modern day thinking of the word hope? I don’t think it does. I see modern-day hope as a wish. Replace the word “hope” with “wish” in the sentences we use most often in life. I wish that I could find a new job. I wish that my kids would behave. I wish that she would get well.
We use the word hope in these instances not with confident expectancy but wishful thinking. You see, biblical Hope is that of Jesus Christ. It is our patient expectancy that He will be and do all that He says. It is a trust in the One who knows all and promises that “all things work together for good to those who are called according to His purpose (those who are His)” Romans 8:28.
True Hope is not just a wish. It is the assurance that God is who He says He is, will do what He says He will do and that He loves us unconditionally. We don’t have to hope that He loves us. He does and He is our Hope. If we know Him as Lord and Savior, we already reside on Hope Street.
A few other biblical mentions of hope: Romans 8:24, Ephesisans 1:18, 1Thessalonians 2:19.