As a Christian, I’ve read about hope and heard it mentioned many times. We say we HOPE in The Lord, but what is hope really? What’s the difference between hoping to obtain something and wishing for it? Why does the Bible so often talk of the believer as someone who has hope as opposed to wishing to go to Heaven or obtain favour from God?? Well, here’s the difference.
The original 1828 dictionary by Noah Webster tells us that hope is 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.
As a believer, God doesn’t want us to WISH He would answer our requests or that He would allow us to make Heaven our home. He wants us to have HOPE in those things. According to the Webster definition of hope, we don’t have to blindly wish it would happen, but we can truly EXPECT it to become a reality with a great degree of certainty! How reassuring is that?!
The Greek word, ἐλπίς or elpis simply means that the word hope as used in 1 Peter 1:3 is derived from the primary word ἔλπω or elpo which is defined as:
(to anticipate usually with pleasure);
expectation (abstract or concrete) or confidence: – faith hope.
So, in order to hope for something, we must have confidence in that thing or the materialization of that occurrence. I like that Webster defines this anticipation as being one with pleasure. Why would we hope in something that wouldn’t be pleasurable?
The truth is that we wouldn’t. By definition, if we hope for something, then that something is by definition something that we want. So, when we hope in God, that means that we desire God and believe that He is good and will give us good things.
Now, we can read 1 Peter 1:3 in a whole new light and with even greater anticipation of all that The Father has for us!
1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
So, let’s revel in that hope!!! Let’s praise Our God for His goodness! He REALLY IS a GREAT GREAT God!!!!
Until next time, God bless and be sure to put your trust in Him!
All my love,