(Proverbs 13:12 NIV) “Hope deferred makes the heart sick...”
(Job 17:13 NIV) “Where then is my hope? Who can see any hope for me?”
(Hebrews 2:1 NIV) “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have
heard, so that we do not drift away.”
(2 Corinthians 1:8 NIV) “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so
that we despaired even of life.”
What is Hope?
Hope is a confident expectation based on something solid.
(Hebrews 11:1 NIV) “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
For most people, hope is something they do. But Biblical hope is something we have.
(Psalm 71:14 NIV) “But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.”
The Anchor of the Soul
(Hebrews 6:19 NIV) “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure...”
Hope requires trust.
(Romans 4:18 NIV) “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed...”
(Psalm 42:11 NIV) “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
Hope is anchored to something unseen.
(2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NIV) “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Hope is found in a relationship with God.
(Psalm 62:5 NIV) “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.”
(Isaiah 40:31 NIV) “...but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”