I would argue that we currently live in a society that is largely void of any real hope. When I lived in Italy it was common to hear Italians express low hope for change within their country or their personal situation. They would often comment that “the beautiful life” in Italy has vanished. The world is certainly a more connected environment than ever before. People are anxious over the world economic situation, over constant war and terrorism, over environmental issues, over issues of poverty and social justice. Anxiety seems to be overwhelming hope.
Hope, according to the dictionary, is to cherish a desire with anticipation–with the expectation of attainment. Hope is always future oriented. Hope looks into the future and longs for fulfillment. Hope may be directed towards something very specific or towards a general desire for change.
The Bible has much to say about hope. The Bible offers hope for now because of a hope-filled certain future. Below are several biblical passages that speak to hope.
Psalm 42:11 God as the supreme object of our hope
Psalm 62:5-6 God as the source of our hope
Isaiah 40:28-30 Hope in an eternal God, One who created all that we see
Romans 5:1-5 Hope in seeing the glory of God because of His justification for us through Jesus Christ-Hope through godly character
Romans 12:9-12 Rejoice in hope
Romans 15:4 Hope through endurance and through knowledge of the Bible
Hebrews 6:18-20 Hold fast to the hope set before us
Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the assurance of things hoped for
1 John 3:1-3 Hope, as a child of God, in the certainty of becoming like Jesus
The seven most important words in the Bible, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (found in Colossians 1:27 as often quoted by Dr. Bill Bright)