A Biblical hope is not an escape from reality or from problems. It doesn’t leave us idle, drifting or stagnant. If our hope is biblical and based on God’s promises, it will put action in our lives.
Hope in things that surround me, can bring distractions
Hope in people wanting to control me, can bring disappointments
Hope in myself, can bring devastation
Hope in Christ, can bring deliverance
In part I of Hope, we discussed the definition of hope:
A Definition of Hope from society
It is a wishy washy maybe or a kind of unsure optimism.
A Definition of Hope from God’s perspective
Hope is the confident expectation, the sure certainty that what God has promised in the Word is true, has occurred, and or will in accordance with God’s sure Word.
Part II – A Description of Hope
Hope IS DYNAMIC OR ACTIVE
In the Bible, hope is never a passive (lifeless) thing. It is dynamic, active, directive, vibrant and life sustaining.
You see this everywhere as we read the Word. Take a concordance, look up the word “hope” and you will find reference after reference pointing out active results of hope in the lives of those who truly have a biblical hope and live accordingly.
Hope HAS RESULTS
(1) Hope changes how we see ourselves.
It changes us into pilgrim persons, people who see this life as temporary sojourners. We are just passing through.
If my hope is based on what surrounds me, I can become discouraged by what I see in the natural. But I must realize this earth is not my final home. According to the Bible, I am just passing through, making the best mark I can on others while I am here. There is a new home being prepared for me. This is not my final destination. Looking at things from God’s perspective is what give me results of hope. I must remind myself of these things.
8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
John 14 Living Bible (TLB)1 “Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in
2-3 There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am
going to prepare them for your coming. When everything is ready,
then I will come and get you, so that you can always be with me
where I am. If this weren’t so, I would tell you plainly. 4 And you know
where I am going and how to get there.”
(2) It changes what we value.
Hope, if biblical, makes us heavenly minded rather than earthly minded. Our Lord’s words here blast our deception away.
19 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;
21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
(3) It affects what we do with our lives—our talents, time, treasures.
A blessed hope
7 in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds,
with purity in doctrine, dignified,
8 sound in speech which is beyond reproach, in order that the
opponent may be put to shame, having nothing bad to say
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation
to all men,
12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires
and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the
13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus;
1 John 3:1-3
1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed
upon us, that we should be called children of God; and
such we are. For this reason the world does not know us,
because it did not know Him.
2 Beloved, now we are
children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we
shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like
Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.
3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies
himself, just as He is pure.
The Christian life, according to God’s truth, is a magnificent obsession with an eternal hope. It gives us power to live courageously, to be all God has called us to be in Christ.
Hope changes how we see ourselves
Hope changes what we value
Hope changed what we do
We are currently living locked down, shut in and shut out from society. For every solution, more problems seem to develop. It would be easy for people to lose hope, if hope was placed in society. It would be easy to lose hope if hope were based on what we are seeing in our world right now. But, our hope must be in Christ.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
Romans 12:12 ESV
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer
Psalm 121:1-2 NLT
1 I look up to the mountains-does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!
Throughout all this pandemic and added drama we face, look to the Lord. Keep your eyes on the master. Cast all you care and concerns on him. In Him, there is hope. We will weather the storm. We will get to the other side.
Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”