Modern English usage has pretty much decimated any power once held by the word love. Today, we love our tablets and we love God. We love our spouses and we love swimming. Lust is love and God is love. (I almost could not write those two clauses in the same sentence.)
It’s a pity that a word used to describe a potent, eternal force has been so watered down and undermined that it no longer carries strength and intensity, but only a few wisps of fickle emotion.
Hope is a word suffering the same plight. We’ve used the word hope too often to imply that “maybe, just maybe there’s a chance this might happen.” I hope I get a raise. I hope it doesn’t rain. And I hope that Jesus is with me everywhere and all the time.
So let’s set the record straight right here. As we go forward, know that hope in Scriptures means —
“confident expectation” or “expectation of what is sure and certain.”
The Greek word we have translated into our English hope is the word elpis, a word with no hint of wavering or doubt. We are confident. We are expectant. This will happen.
Scriptural hope doesn’t just “hope” — Instead, hope knows.
This is the hope given to the children of the Almighty. It is a hope that never disappoints (Romans 5:5), hope that lasts forever (1 Corinthians 13:13), hope that can be trusted and is an anchor for the soul (Hebrews 6:19).
Our hope comes directly from the Lord of the universe and is tied to the power of His Spirit (Romans 15:13).
And, most exciting of all to me—this hope will lead us straight into a holy and intimate place with God (Hebrews 6:19).