What is hope?

Hope is one of the most powerful things in the world. Humans can endure great hardship, as long as they have hope that their situation could change. But, when a person decides that a situation is hopeless, they give up.

"Having hope will give you courage..." (Job 11:18)

Hope is when you desire for something to happen, accompanied with expectation.
(The expectation is what sets it apart from just wishing.)

Every human, if they were being honest, would have to admit that they long for something more. People try desperately to fill their life up with various things, in hopes of satisfying a longing deep inside. Have you ever noticed how the wealthy never quit striving for more money? Have you noticed that appetites for things like alcohol, sex, or chocolate cake, are never fully satisfied? The things of this world provide momentary pleasure, but they cannot give you lasting contentment, and although your flesh wants emmediate pleasure, your spirit wants long term fulfillment! Placing our desire upon God assures us that our hope will not disappoint, because we were designed for Him. Imagine that your life is a lock, and God is the only key that will open it! Imagine how foolish it would seem if you were walking through the desert, and upon encountering another person, you said, "please help me, I'm dying of thirst", and that person handed you a stack of money!

"I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jer 29:11)

God's plan for every human became a reality when He came to earth as a man, allowed Himself to be crucified for us, and then raised himself from the dead.

"He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." (1 Pet 1:3)

In order for a person to have hope in God's plan, they must hear what God has promised, and this is why we preach the good news of Jesus Christ. The Bible is full of God's promises that will give you hope, however that doesn't do you any good if you don't read it!

"For everything that was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope." (Rom 15:4)