What is hope?
Hope is defined as: a confident expectation, or anticipation for some thing, or some event.
What is the importance of hope?
Well, the first and obvious point, is that where there is no hope, there is hopelessness. Hopelessness is realized where there is no belief or expectation for anything good to be found, or to come to pass in one’s life or circumstance – i.e “No hope for tomorrow..”. Hope is important, because no one wants to be hopeless – even people who are hopeless don’t want to be hopeless!
For believers in Christ Jesus, hope is important because it influences one’s faith and believing. Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for..“. Hebrews 6:19 refers to hope as “an anchor of the soul“.
God’s will is for us to hope, and have hope – Romans 15:13 says “He is the God of Hope Who fills us with all joy and peace in believing the gospel, so that we can abound (increase) in hope”.
Someone may be saying, “Well, what am I supposed to hope for?“.
Romans 5:2 says, “we rejoice in hope of the glory of God“.
I Peter 1:13, says:
“hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ”
True hope, is hope set on the Glory of God. It involves a confident expectation and anticipation for the Truth of Christ and His resurrection to be revealed in the world, and ultimately, a hope for His return to receive the kingdom of God in eternal glory (I Peter 1:3,21). Glory to God!
Those who hope in God will never be put to shame (Romans 5:1-5). There is no opportunity for disappointment, because God is Faithful. Faithful to His Word, and to everything that He has promised. His faithfulness is proven through His Love. If there is any sure sign of hope, it is the hope that every person alive has in the Love of God.
Romans 5:8 AMP
“But God clearly shows and proves His own Love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”