Episode Summary:

  • This is the second in a four-part anniversary series of “Your Hope-Filled Perspective.”
  • Specifically, today we are discussing the concept of “Hope.” What is hope, how do we get it and how do we display it? And what isn’t it?
  • The Bible has two uses for the term HOPE
    • One is simple but ungrounded expectation that something specific may happen—closest to English vernacular understanding.
    • Second is a CONFIDENCE that something anticipated will come to pass.
  • What is the difference between FAITH and HOPE?
    • The Bible talks about both, and sometimes the same word is used. The concepts are very closely related.
    • Best illustration: a child is told by her parents that they will be taking her to DisneyWorld soon.
      • FAITH is the quiet confidence that her parents are being truthful and that the promised visit will happen.
      • HOPE is the excited expectancy of the promised visit that has the child bouncing off the walls.
      • FAITH is the basis for HOPE.
  • What are the characteristics of HOPE?
    • Forward looking
    • Positive
    • Expectant/anticipatory of something longed for
    • Patient
    • Focused on sufficiency and abundance
    • ACTIVE
  • HOPE is ACTIVE, it requires PREPARATION. Think of the Disney example. As the child ANTICIPATES, she will engage in various activities that illustrate this expectancy.
  • In our culture and language, HOPE is understood in a very passive context—we don’t grant it much power in our lives, yet both the NT and the OT point to HOPE as crucial to our daily existence.
  • HOPE is closely paralleled to FEAR
    • Forward looking
    • Expectant—of something dreaded
    • Negative instead of positive
    • Based on anxiety or worry instead of faith
    • Focused on inadequacy & loss

For more on what hope is and how we find it, visit: Finding Hope

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Quotables from the Episode:

  • Hope is active.
  • Our hope is grounded in the overwhelming abundance and goodness of God.


Scripture References:

  • Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for a future and a hope.”
  • David in Psalms linked his HOPE in God with courage and strength (Psalm 31:24)
  • Paul also (Romans 5:5) describes the abundance and fulfilling nature of HOPE.


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