HOPE 4What does the word hope mean to you? It can be someone’s name. One of my best friends in college was named Hope.

It can also be a noun, meaning,

feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking that it could happen; the chance that something good will happen; someone or something that may be able to provide help.”

Hope as a verb means,

to cherish a desire with expectation of obtainment; to expect with confidence.”

In the world we live in, with almost every story on the news inciting fear, anger or depression, it would be easy to lose hope. But have you ever noticed, there are some people who seem to be hopeful, positive and upbeat no matter what the circumstances? They’re positive. It’s as if they know something you don’t know.

Well, maybe they do. It may have to do with where they place their hope. Psalm 20:7 says,

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”

Placing our hope in the Lord, even when we don’t see any evidence of His presence, can be a game changer. Hope is important to the Lord. The word hope appears in the Scriptures 159 times.

Hebrews 6:19-20 says,

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,¬†where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

Jesus is our hope. He is the anchor the writer of Hebrews is speaking about. When our hope is in Jesus, it will not fail. Psalm 25:3a says,

No one whose hope is in You will ever be put to shame”

Verse 5 of the same Psalm goes on to say,

guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.”

Where do you place your hope?