“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” — Isaiah 40:29-31
We often use the word “hope” in a way that really means we “wish,” and it doesn’t give us a true picture of Biblical hope. We hope to have a good day. We hope our kids are safe. We hope the traffic is not too bad.
John Piper says, “Biblical hope not only desires something good for the future — it expects it to happen. And it not only expects it to happen — it is confident that it will happen.”
Biblical hope does not depend on what is possible in the natural, but on what is possible with God, and with God all things are possible. Hope in the Lord is not based on random circumstances. It is based on who God is and what He has promised.
He is the God of hope and He has promised that if we put our hope in Him, He will renew our strength — we will walk and not be faint. Now 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).
— Tricia Hudson
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