Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. —Romans 5:5
Hope (Greek el-pece’)—to anticipate, usually with pleasure, expectation, or confidence. This is what Christian hope means.
This year I lost my job and a good income. Then a family in crisis needed to move back into my home. It took nine months to find full-time employment, yet we never went hungry, and my bills were paid on time. The Lord provided all our needs! I expected no less and had confidence the Lord would see us through for He had done so before. In those moments when I would begin to waiver, the Lord used my wife to remind me, and my confidence would be restored.
Over two millennia ago the Lord God gave a gift to the world He loved—His only begotten Son Jesus. Christ shed His blood for the sins of the world, then took up that life (physically), and now sits at the right hand of the Father.
He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within us and fill us with His love, mercy, and grace. Receiving this guarantee of our inheritance, as stated by Paul in both Ephesians 1:13-14 and 2 Corinthians 1:20-22, we can be filled with wondrous expectation and absolute confidence, holding our heads high as children of the living God. Our confidence (hope) is in Him, not man, government, or ourselves. The God of all creation will raise us from the dead completing the redemption of His purchased possessions. We will then be with Him, the King of kings and Lord of lords, forever to praise His glory.
Expect great things from the One who created everything and then gave everything to reconcile mankind to Himself. Give thanks for all you have. Do something good for someone without wanting anything in return, especially for someone who cannot do anything for you. He who has ears, let him hear! (Matthew 13:9)