Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. What is Biblical Hope? It is hope that is based on what God has promised. It is based on what is the future. Our future home in heaven, our confidence that God will deliver us from this sin-filled world.
Hebrews 11: 1, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. We can’t see all the things that God has in store for us. That is why we must have hope that God will keep His promises. God’s promises are in His written word. The dictionary defines hope this way. A feeling that what is wanted is likely to happen; desire accomplished by expectation.
Do you have hope for a sick loved one to be healed? Do you expect God to heal that person and to save someone’s soul? That is what hope means. God does not want us to put our hope in man. Man will fail us every time. Man can only fulfill earthly things. God is our Heavenly Father and that is where our hope should lie.
The fear that is quoted is not a fear that God is going to get us. It is a fear of respect for God. It is a reverent fear. God is a merciful God. He wants us to trust Him for everything in life. We are to have confidence in Him, in His word and in Jesus. Psalms 22: 4, Our fathers trusted in thee, they trusted, and them didst deliver them. The same thing applies to us today.
To deliver our souls from death means eternal life. If the people of Israel trusted God to deliver them from pharaoh, why can’t we have that same hope that God will deliver us from the wiles of the devil? God can and will keep His promises. When our backs are up against the wall and it seems as though everything is closing in on us, look up for your redemption draweth nigh.
Christians that is our hope. Because for those without God they have no hope. Ephesians 2: 12, states, That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world. Christ came to destroy the works of the devil “the god of this world”. God’s word is full of hope. The catch is that we must believe what God has written. We need to read it and place it in our spiritual hearts.
Everything that we know about God and Jesus is in the Bible. Do we really expect God to keep His promises? Our answer should be yes and amen. God is not going to change His mind and He is not going to change His written word. God does not lie. God is a God of promises. Politicians will promise us anything to get our vote. But once they get elected, they will often go back on their promises.
Expect God to keep His promises, keep your faith and trust in Him. Remember that sometimes God says no. Jesus is our hope. 1 Timothy 1-1, Paul An apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our savior, and the Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope. Don’t waste your time putting hope in man. Jesus is our only hope in these trying times. Psalms 38-19, states God through Jesus will deliver us from eternal damnation or separation from God in hell. Don’t give up. Keep on praying and trusting and have hope that God will see you through. We must look to the future knowing that God’s grace, mercy and riches will see us past all the corruption that is in this world. This will all end when Jesus comes to take us to be with Him.
Hope that someday we will receive our new bodies. Hope for complete redemption from this evil world. Hope that someday we will be reunited with our loved ones. Hope that we will have eternal life in heaven which God has guaranteed for us. 1 Peter 3:15, states, But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
When someone asks you why you have such hope simply say, because I have Biblical Hope in God’s word. I trust what God has said. If you are not a Christian, your hope is lost because you have not put your faith and trust in God. If you want the hope that God says, then place your hope in Jesus and accept Him as your savior and ask Him to forgive you of your sins. Once you do this then you too will have Biblical Hope.