Understanding What Hope Is

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.


  1. you expanded my premise well. I should probably quote this in the body of my text ( with a link back here of course) thank-you


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