The biblical definition of “hope” is earnest expectation. It is us having an earnest and confident assurance that we will see the goodness of God manifesting in our lives. The Bible actually tells us that we are to rejoice in earnest expectation of the glory of God (see Romans 5:2). The glory of God in this verse is referring to the promises of God manifesting in our lives, because the truth is that in this New Covenant God is not looking to show forth His glory separate and apart from His children.
Friend, you and I have been called to live our lives as the very vessels through which the the glory of God can flow. What does this look like, you may ask. When we become vessels for the glory of God, we see ourselves as the channels through which God can flow into our world and bless other people. And we become a blessing to the degree that we understand the blessing that is already on our lives. To be blessed means to be empowered to prosper and excel. And you and I got blessed when we got into Christ.
In Christ we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing, and we have been set up for victory and success no matter what. We have been positioned to overcome regardless of what it seems like in the natural. This is where our earnest expectation of good comes from. Regardless of any circumstances or conditions, we can rejoice that victory was already provided two thousand years ago!
As you meditate on this and let it take root in your heart, notice that you will find yourself less worried about how things may look and feel in the natural. Instead, there will be a greater confidence in what Jesus has already done. Remember that we serve a supernatural God who is not limited by the things of this natural realm. When our focus becomes Jesus and His finished works, hope spontaneously rises up. We begin to sense in our spirits that good things are coming our way from our heavenly Father.
Lord, I thank You that my hope and confidence are not limited to the things of this world. I have confidence in You and in what You have already done for me. And so I set my mind on the things above, I meditate on the truths of Your Word and who You have called me to be. And I thank You and praise You that You are doing exceedingly and abundantly above and beyond what I could ask or think. In Jesus’ name, amen.
2 Corinthians 1:20
1 John 5:4