Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
The world describes hope as wishful thinking, which is very weak. There is no guarantee behind what people hope for. For example, I hope it will be a sunny day for the picnic.Or, I hope Susan will be at the party! Even, I really hope my boss gives me a raise this year. There’s no power behind that type of hope. It is simply wishing that an event might happen. This kind of hope implies that everything is just up to chance, or good luck.
However, the biblical definition of hope is a confident expectation of good. As a believer, you now have, Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). This type of hope has power! It is a hope grounded in the promises found in the Word of God. We can have a confident expectation of good because God inside of us loves us and plans for good.
For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11 MEV
God has planned something good for your life! He has planned for you to prosper, to walk in health, and to live a long, fulfilled life. He hasn’t made these good plans for your life without providing everything you will need to walk them out. We have a supernatural deposit on the inside of us of power, authority, ability, and strength. Notice that He has made plans for peace, which is the Hebrew word shalom. This word means completeness, wholeness, soundness, welfare, prosperity, safety, well-being, and security! Even in the darkest of times, Christians should be the most hopeful people on the planet!
Our future is secure as long as we put our hope in the Lord.