One of the most amazing things about living a life of faith is hope. Hope speaks to disappointment, whispers life over things that seem dead, and always points back to Jesus. Read on for some Bible verses about hope to encourage you today.
For we are living in a new life now. Jesus rose from the dead, and now we live in a new world, one where hope is everywhere. Though our circumstances may be difficult, we know that there is an eternal hope that outweighs them all. With all of this in mind, here are five fantastic Bible verses about hope in hard times. If you are feeling dejected or depressed today, then call to mind the truth of the everlasting hope that we have in Jesus. Lamentations 3:21-23 says:
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
And this is how we remember, and how we lift our spirits. By lifting our gaze onto Jesus, and by calling to mind His great love. Another great way to lift our spirits is through giving thanks, so check out this blog post on gratitude too.
1 Timothy 4:10 says: “That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope (elpizo) in the living God, who is the Savior of all people.” According to Strong’s Concordance, elpis which translates to hope in the New Testament, means expectation, trust, and confidence. It comes from the root word elpo, which means to anticipate (with pleasure) and to welcome. So our hope comes from confidently expecting, not wishfully thinking.
Read on for five more Bible quotes about hope.
1. Living with eyes of hope
As a Christian, we can look with eyes of faith in all situations. With our father God, anything is possible. Romans 4: 17 says that “the God who gives life to the dead […] calls into being things that were not.” This is God’s universe and we play by his rules!
So when you face situations in life that there seems to be no way out of, call to mind Moses, who stood on the shore of the Red sea, a whole displaced nation behind him and an Egyptian army hot on his heels. Call to mind Abraham, who thought he heard God say he would have many descendants but was already a childless old man. Call to mind these impossible situations, and these two men who had hope that God would do as He said He would. Romans 4 continues:
“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised (Romans 4:18-21).
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed. Think on that for a second, and may this hero of the faith spur you on in hopefulness.
2. Why we have this hope
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1: 3-5).
This hopeful scripture verse speaks volumes. No one can steal our salvation from us. We can live as dearly beloved children who stand to inherit great riches that no one can take away.
3. From the stump
Isaiah 11: 1 says “And there shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of His roots.”
The stump represents death, a wasteland, but from this hopelessness came Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith. And this life-giver came from what was seemingly nothing, seemingly barren.
So, don’t despise the day of small things, but listen for the voice of God above all. Trust His eyes more than you trust your own.
4. Consider your sufferings hope
Romans 8:22-25 says that “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
Hope is the thread that will draw us to heaven. In all our suffering here on earth, remember that all of creation is groaning for redemption. We hope because it pulls us nearer to our father, and nearer to heaven.
5. Hope, in all things
My daughter’s diagnosis of Type One Diabetes at the age of two was a very difficult time for our family. This verse became an anchor for me during this time. It held me and made sure I didn’t drift away on tides of hopelessness. I took Paul’s prayer into my soul and held it there, waiting for this infilling of hope each day.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” Romans 15:13.
If you need to know God’s hope for your life today, why not say this verse out loud as a prayer? I hope these Bible verses about hope lift your spirits and remind you to see with the eyes of heaven!