Hope is…

I was sorting through some papers and came across a collection of notes, scribbles, quotes and musings on hope. Past Anna didn’t reference the ones taken from other people’s wisdom so I can’t give credit where it’s due unfortunately. But I thought I’d post them anyway. May you be encouraged to keep hoping and believing.

Job talks of hope – that he will be honest with God in how he feels but will continue to hope that God will respond, answer and move on his behalf.

Hopelessness is a burden that is empty.

Hope is vision and direction.

Hope doesn’t change the situation, it changes us. Hope doesn’t promise an instant solution but rather the possibility of an eventual one.

The Lord’s love never ends, his mercies never stop. They are new every morning; Lord, your loyalty is great. I say to myself, the Lord is mine, so I hope in him. The Lord is good to those who hope in him, to those who seek him. Lamentations 3:22-25

Romans 15:13 God will help you overflow with hope in him through the Holy Spirit’s power within you.

Hope isn’t wishing for something to come about as if Jesus is some kind of magic genie that if we rub him/bottle we will get our hearts desires – no matter how extravagant or outlandish, or selfish. This genie mentality is based on the granting of the wish because of some great law/rule that stipulates that we get it, not because we deserve it or worked for it [which is the same in the kingdom of heaven – we don’t get what we deserve, thankfully] but because we found the magic genie and rubbed it. This hope is based on what we can get for ourselves. A hope that once delivered is gone, replaced by what we have wished for. It is temporary.
Rather we hope in God above all else, in spite of everything that is going on, because of everything that is going on. And in doing so, we gain an eternal hope that isn’t reliant on things and what they can do for us.

But what is hope? What are we hoping, in God, for? Are something’s that we hope for ridiculous, selfish, extravagant? Are something’s that I am hoping for, in God, never going to happen? How do we know the difference? Should we waste our time wishing for desires that are never going to come to pass? Are we setting ourselves up to be heart sick? (Proverbs 13:12)

Hope is looking forward to the future, dreaming, believing for greater things than what we can presently see (Hebrews 11:1).

God gives hope. God plans hope for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11) God is hope (Romans 15:3)

Other words for hope – confidence, trust, belief, faith, desire, dream, promise, wish, to have ambition, expectancy, anticipation, to aspire.

Hope is something you can feel, entertain, foster, feed, nourish, give, hold out [to someone else], promise, encourage, inspire, harbour, cherish, live in, rest assured in, rest in, be secure in, be, rely on, trust in, lean upon, cling to, and raise.

Hope is bright, cheering, unsuspecting, fearless, free from fear, free from suspicion, free from distrust, free from despair, exempt from fear, exempt from suspicion, exempt from distrust, exempt from despair;

You can have a beam, glimmer, flash of, dawn of, ray of or mirage of hope.

Hope is an olive leaf – evidence of dry land after a flood. Proof to the dreamer that dreaming is worth the risk.


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