‘Hope’ in the context of Scripture is the expectation of an event that is promised; an event that ‘will’ happen. This is very different from how we use the word ‘hope’ in our everyday lives where we hope for things that may not happen. Some people may hope to win the lottery, others hope to have a care free life, and still some hold out hope for the ‘good old days’ to return.
Christian hope lies in the promises that God has given us through His Word. We are given the promise of, never being alone, our prayers being heard (and acted upon), eternal life, and Christ’s return.
Paul tells the Romans the current struggles we endure cannot be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us. “For ‘hope’ we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for in with patience.” (Rom. 8:24-25)
As Christians we have hope because we have faith. As called by Christ, we make God known to others so they too may know the hope of the world to come. We do this with love and compassion for all life while we patiently wait for the day when all nations will know peace and until the glory has been revealed.