The word “hope” is a pretty basic word. People (including myself) use it on a daily basis, but this simple word became more meaningful to me because of one mother’s assertion that “Hope Is Not Wishing.” Understanding what hope is can be complicated, but I felt that this post helped me out with it.
“I hope it doesn’t rain today.” “I hope I can find time to go out for lunch today.” “I hope you will call me back soon.” These are some of some examples of how I use the word “hope.” While there may be nothing wrong with these statements as far as the English language is concerned, the word “hope” in the Bible carries a much more profound meaning. Take this verse as an example, “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)”
As the author says, “Our hope simply is in the goodness and mercy of God, not for a specific outcome which our ego desires.” Understanding what hope is isn’t easy, but the next time you use the word hope think about this post.