Summary: "Everything that is done in the world is done by hope." - Martin Luther Cultural Hope is merely an optimistic desire that something will be fulfilled. This hope is not a guaranteed hope because it is subject to changeable people and circumstances.
I Will Wait
Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV) Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 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.
Lamentations 3:19-26 (NIV) I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. 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. I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
What is Hope?
"Everything that is done in the world is done by hope." - Martin Luther
Cultural Hope is merely an optimistic desire that something will be fulfilled
This hope is not a guaranteed hope because it is subject to changeable people and circumstances.
Hope (Webster)– Desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment…to desire with expectation of obtainment…to expect with confidence.
Biblical Hope is an optimistic assurance that something will be fulfilled
This hope is a guaranteed hope not subject to change, but rather anchored in our unchangeable God and His promises. Favorable and confident expectation relating to the future
(Psalm 119:81 NIV) “My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.”
Romans 5:3-5 NLT - We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
(Psalm 71:14) “But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.”
“The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting - Andy Warhol
(Job 17:13) “Where then is my hope? Who can see any hope for me?”
(Isaiah 53:6) “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.”
(2 Corinthians 1:8) “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life.”
Deceived, Disliked, Dejected, Downcast, Deprived, Disqualified, Degraded, Detached, Doomed, Damned, Drained, Debilitated, Disinterested, Defeated, Disgusted, Disconnected, Displaced, Distraught, Discouraged, Doubt, Disappointment