The God of Hope

by Scarlett Stough

For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: Overflow with Hope.

Hope is one of the three great gifts of the Spirit along with love, being the greatest, and faith being the vehicle by which we are saved from sin and death and made righteous. These three qualities work together within us to achieve the goal of our salvation.

Hope1 is the quality by which we look confidently forward with expectation of good; hope is the anchor by which our confidence is held; and hope is the object of our expectation.

Life's challenges often weary us with regrets, disappointments, and discouragement. Hope is the antidote, the tonic which refreshes us. Enduring these challenges even though we feel like quitting recharges that hope. The Holy Spirit energizes us with hope as we continue to love God and to live by faith. The Scriptures are full of reminders of the wonder of our hope. When we think on these promises of God in these scriptures, we nurture the hope God has given.

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 15:4-6

1Hope: elpis (1680)[Greek]"favorable and confident expectation, a forward look with assurance;" "Hope describes the anticipation of good;" "the ground upon which 'hope' is based;" the object upon which the 'hope is fixed.'" From: The New Strong's Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001.

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