In my last post, Dazed and Confused, I wrote about some of the recent trials my hubby and I have been going through. At the end of the post, I talked about having hope.
I thought that I should write about what hope is and exactly in whom and/or what I have hope.
Webster’s Dictionary defines the noun “hope” as: A desire of some good, accompanied with at least a slight expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable. Hope differs from wish and desire in this, that it implies some expectation of obtaining the good desired, or the possibility of possessing it. Hope therefore always gives pleasure or joy; whereas wish and desire may produce or be accompanied with pain and anxiety.
“A desire of something good with the expectation or belief that it is obtainable” – I like that!
Hope is also defined as: Confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well founded expectation of good; as a hope founded on God’s gracious promises; a scriptural sense.
Hope is not passive. Hope “desires good”, “expects to obtain”, “has confidence”, and “brings pleasure or joy”.
A study of all the terms in the Bible that have been translated as the word “hope” give some interesting insights into the meaning of “hope”.
The following are some of the Hebrew terms: (from Strong’s Concordance)
tiqvâh: literally a cord (as an attachment); figuratively expectancy: – expectation
I find it interesting that the literal translation means a cord or attachment. Maybe that indicates that we should make sure that we are “tied firmly” to hope and expectation.
Psa 71:5 For You are my hope, O Lord God, my trust from my youth.
miqveh ; something waited for, that is, confidence (objectively or subjectively); also a collection, that is, (of water) a pond, or (of men and horses) a caravan or drove: – abiding, gathering together, hope, linen yarn, plenty [of water], pool.
Notice the key words – wait, confidence, abide, plenty
I like to think that if I wait in confidence I shall abide in plenty, both materially and spiritually.
Jer 14:8 O the Hope of Israel, its Savior in time of trouble,…
yâchal; to wait; by implication to be patient, hope: – (cause to, have, make to) hope, be pained, stay, tarry, trust, wait.
For me, patience, trusting and waiting can be a real challenge!
Psa 31:24 Be strong, and He will make your heart stronger, all you who hope in Jehovah.
beṭach; properly a place of refuge; abstractly safety, both the fact (security) and the feeling (trust); often (adverbially with or without preposition) safely: – assurance, boldly, (without) care (-less), confidence, hope, safe (-ly, -ty), secure, surely
Living in hope provides refuge, safety, trust, assurance and confidence!
Psa 16:9 Therefore My heart is glad, and My glory rejoices; My flesh also shall rest in hope;
In the New Testament, the term most often translated as “hope” is the Greek word elpis which means to anticipate, usually with pleasure; expectation; and confidence.
Rom 5:2 Through Him we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice on the hope of the glory of God.
To hope is to wait patiently with confidence, trust, assurance, and pleasurable expectation of something good. I like the sound of that!