Y O U N G P E O P L E ' S D I C T I O N A R Y O F S C R I P T U R A L • & • R E L I G I O U S T E R M S
Hope is a commonly used word in modern English. It is also often found in our KJV
bible, as well (152 times). However the meaning of hope in the Bible and the
meaning of the word as it is used in normal conversation today are quite different—
and the difference is great and very significant.
Today when men talk about hope they refer to something that may or may not
happen. For example, many people, foolishly spend money for lottery tickets. They
hope that the series of numbers they have purchased will be selected as the winning
combination, making them an instant millionaire. Very, very few people however,
have this hope come true for them. Millions upon millions of people have their
hope disappointed twice a week when the lottery numbers are drawn. For this
world, hope is only a possibility—it might be a strong possibility or it might be a very
uncertain possibility, but there is never any assurance that what a man hopes will or
won’t happen today, will ever take place.
With our blessed God, the hope He gives believers is far different and infinitely
wonderful. Another has said that our God’s hope, the hope we often read of in the
Bible, is a deferred certainty. For example, the coming of the Lord Jesus is set before
Christians as our blessed hope. It is absolutely sure and certain that the Lord Jesus
will come to take His beloved church home to Himself. We don’t know when that
might take place, but He has promised to come for us and so what we hope for is
certain to happen.
Only those who know and love the Lord Jesus as their personal Saviour can have and
enjoy this kind of sure hope. The following are but a few verses from the Word of God
which show the wonderful blessing of God-given hope for those who love Him.
“Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his
God” (Psa. 146:5).
“It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the
LORD” (Lam. 3:26).
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery
among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27)
“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world
began” (Titus 1:2).
“And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full
assurance of hope unto the end” (Heb. 6:11).