Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
For by it the men of old gained approval. Hebrews 11:1-2
Not all hope is created equal.
I’ve used a phrase or two that sounded like, “Oh, I hope that _____ happens.” or “It would be nice.”
Those phrases are wishful thinking, not true faith in action.
Bible hope should look like belief, not a wish.
That way of thinking was brought to light when something that I thought was a good idea to implement (wishful hope) needed to have some belief (Bible hope) put on it to see it come to pass.
Hope is expectancy. It’s what helps me in standing in faith.
Have you seen your child have that hopeful expectancy? They know without a doubt that what they’ve asked for is coming because you told them it would. They also know that you’re a trustworthy parent.
That’s the way that I always want to be when it comes to my relationship with Abba Father. Hopeful expectancy. Standing in faith. Belief without doubting.
Sometimes when I’d have hopeful expectancy about something I’ve requested, I’d hear a naysayer whisper, “Now, don’t get your hopes up, sweetheart.”
But as I thought about that statement, I asked, “Why not get my hopes up? Am I not expecting what I’ve requested?”
The Bible does say in Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
I think I’ll keep my hopes up, thank you.
Are you possibly in a place right now that you need help getting and keeping your hope up? Do you want to have hopeful expectancy?
I want to encourage you to go on a HOPE search. If your Bible has a concordance, that’s a wonderful place to start. There are also online aids like Bible Gateway, Blue Letter Bible, and Bible Hub. In addition, there is a fantastic 10 day devotional on the YouVersion Bible App or Bible.com by Christine Caine named “Staying Hopeful“.
I hope to hear from you! Let me know if any of these resources have been instrumental in helping you get your hopes up.