We all need hope in our lives. In fact, the Bible groups hope alongside faith and love as of utmost importance to our walk with God (1 Corinthians 13:13). Hope is what keeps us looking forward. It gives us a sense of expectation that there is good ahead of us if we just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Even if things are already good, our hope in God assures us that life continues to get better the closer we grow to Him, ultimately accumulating in our greatest hope which is spending eternity in Heaven, united forever in relationship with God.
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Unfortunately, though, when life gets tough, hope is one of the first things to go. I have experienced this in my own life. As someone who is naturally hopeful, my hope tends to hang in there for a while through tough seasons. But after some time of living in this fallen and difficult world, even the hope of the most hopeful can be snuffed out and grow dim.
Thankfully, in those moments, we have God’s Word to turn to as a reminder of why we hope. Even when circumstances look bleak, God’s promises act as a beacon of light. The more we turn to Him, the stronger our hope grows. We find life through hope in God.
What the World wants us to Believe about Hope
Before we dive into what the Bible has to say about hope, it’s important to know what the world tries to tell us about hope so we can know what we’re up against. Hope is so critical to our walk with God (as we saw earlier, it’s up there with faith and love!), it’s no wonder the world tries to snuff it out.
The world teaches us that hope equals naivety. According to the world, it is a characteristic of the young and helpless, of those who don’t know better. Hope is seen as a personality trait of the unicorn-believers and those who live with their head in the clouds.
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The world also teaches us that hope is a position of weakness, that it exposes us to hurt and pain. As we grow older and experience more of the hurts of the world – both the big hurts and the everyday pains of life – this becomes easier and easier to believe. It can feel at times like hope sets us up just to be knocked down. As life grows difficult, the world tells us that hope has made a mockery of us. It encourages us to stay down instead of getting back up again and continuing forward in hope.
Not surprisingly, though, God’s Word teaches us the complete opposite of this.
What the Bible Tells us about Hope
As we will see in the fifteen Bible verses about hope below, God’s Word teaches us a few key things about hope:
- Hope is our refuge in the midst of desperation – Far from keeping us down, hope is the very thing that allows us to rise from the ashes of our circumstances. Even as life continues to be difficult, hope draws us forward, sets us on the wings of eagles, and lets us continue on as we believe that our God is good.
- Hope is an indication of spiritual maturity – The exact opposite of what the world would have us believe, the Bible shows us in numerous places that hope is an indication of spiritual maturity that comes as we draw closer to God and are sanctified through the work of the Holy Spirit.
- Hope is sturdy ground – Again, the exact opposite of the world’s view, the Bible tells us that hope is a firm foundation and an anchor. Hope in God is the most sure footing we can stand on as we face the difficulties of life. Hope provides strength.
- Hope is found in believing God’s promises – As it is with many virtues, our hope grows out of our trust and belief that God is who He says He is. The more we surrender to Him, the more hopeful we become. The more we believe He is faithful and sure to fulfill His promises to us, the stronger our hope grows.
15 Bible Verses on Hope
Sometimes in life, we need to get our hope back. And sometimes we just want to increase the hope we already have. When we seek, we will surely find. These fifteen Bible verses about hope are a great place to start when it comes to growing in hope.
Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him;
I will surely defend my ways to his face.
Job is a Bible character famously afflicted with just about every pain under the sun. He lost his loved ones, his wealth, and was even struck with illness. In the midst of that, though, Job clung to hope in God. In this verse, Job says that even if God Himself were to kill him, He would continue to hope in Him.
Job’s stubborn hope throughout the entire book is an encouragement that hope is what keeps us going. In the midst of everything possible going wrong, Job hoped in God against all odds and was able to stand firm as a result. Ultimately, Job’s hope in God was his refuge. He clung to hope unwaveringly and saw God’s blessing come back on his life multi-fold more than he had been blessed to begin with.
Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
This Psalm was written by David during a time that he was being pursued by enemies and was in a place of loneliness and anguish. In the midst of the trials David was facing, he continued to hope in God. In fact, throughout Psalm 25, David notes numerous times that his hope and faith in God is the source of his refuge and protection. Here specifically in this verse, David implores God to be his guide, something he knows will come as a result of his hope. In the same way, we can trust God to teach and guide us through our difficult circumstances as we continue to set our eyes and hope in Him.
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
A Psalm widely believed to have been written by David, these verses show where true hope comes from. We know David had plenty of opportunities in his life to hope in worldly things, and even did so a few times. From David’s experience, he writes these words declaring that even the greatest strength of the world cannot be counted on. But hope in God’s love creates sure footing.
According to David, God puts His eyes on those who hope in Him. Hope is a sturdy ground because it sets us within God’s protection and blessing.
Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
This Psalm written by the songs of Korah shows that hope allows us to rise from the desperation of our circumstances. Earlier in the chapter, we see that the Psalm is written from a place of need and lack. The author doesn’t stop in this place of need, but instead he reflects on the days of God’s faithfulness. In doing so he rebuilds his hope.
Though the circumstances surrounding this scripture are desperate, the author’s belief that God is who He says He is sets the ground for hope to rise. In fact, we see here that it is a deliberate decision to choose hope rather than staying stuck in our situation. Yes, the difficulties may still remain, but praising God from a place of hope allows us to rise out of a place of desperation and continue forward. Though the physical circumstances may look bleak, our greater truth is that God is good and faithful and worthy of our praise; therefore, we have the privilege of continuing forward in hope.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
This Psalm was written by David amidst the time of Absolom’s rebellion. Absolom, David’s own son, had risen up against him and was attempting to take over as king. Nevertheless, David strengthened himself and found rest and peace through his hope in God. Rather than looking at his circumstances, David turned his eyes toward God and found hope despite his troubles.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
This Psalm, like the others we’ve looked at, is written from a place of desperation. Earlier in the chapter, the psalmist cries for mercy and describes himself as being in the depths. However, as the verses go on, the author reminds himself of God’s goodness and then comes to a place of hope. Hope again here becomes a sturdy ground, founded in a belief that God is faithful to His promises. The psalmist, though in a low place, chooses to set his sights on God and wait for Him. We see that his hope is strong because He believes God is who He says He is and will be faithful to His Word.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
This entire Psalm points to God’s goodness and faithfulness. In the verses leading up to this one, the psalmist warns readers not to put their hope in human beings who will surely fail (v 3). Instead, he goes on to list all the wonderful reasons to find hope in God. He declares that God is faithful, just, loving, and over all things. He states that God is the Maker, Healer, Redeemer, Lifter of our heads, and our good Father. When we set our hope in God, we live under the blessing and protection of all these things.
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
This powerful and encouraging verse is found at the closing of Isaiah 40 throughout which Isaiah lays out the incomparable nature of God. He declares that even when the young and capable grow tired, those who hope in God will continue on in strength. Hope in God yet again becomes the strongest ground to stand on. Though everyone else may stumble and fall amidst the difficulties of life, those who hope in God will not stumble but will instead rise above the circumstances that take everyone else down.
According to this scripture, our hope in God is a never-ending energy source. Despite all odds it keeps us moving forward. Hope renews us and gives us supernatural power to overcome. It is our strength and source in the midst of troubles that would otherwise cause us to fall.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
In this famous passage from Jeremiah, God tells Jeremiah that His plans include hope and a future. This scripture is a call to look to God and trust Him. We may not know what lies ahead or what is to come for us, but God knows the plans He has in store for us. Therefore, we can rest in hope of the future that is ahead. Rather than live in fear, we can walk in hopefulness as we believe in God’s faithfulness and goodness to us.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Here we see hope comes as a result of spiritual maturity. Though we suffer, that suffering brings forth perseverance. If we continue on in perseverance, God builds our character. And if we still continue on through the character-building process, we will also grow in hope. Hope is a result of endurance through suffering. It is what helps get us through the sufferings, and it is what is built out of those sufferings. Hope is a product of the sanctification process we go through as believers as the Holy Spirit transforms us from glory to glory.
And this verse goes on to say that hope does not put us to shame. We can have full confidence that our hope is sure because we have God’s love and the presence of the Holy Spirit as confirmation that what we hope for is not in vain. Because of God’s presence in our lives, we can be certain that our hope in Him is worthwhile. He proves Himself to us over and over, and as He puts His goodness on display, our hope continues to grow as we look toward the eternal future we have in Him.
1 Corinthians 13:7
It [Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Straight from the love chapter, this verse states that love always hopes. We know that God is love, and love is the first fruit of the Spirit. If hope is a byproduct of genuine love, then the closer we grow to God, who is love, and the more that we grow in the fruit of the Spirit, the greater our hope will also grow. If we lack hope, it’s an indication we aren’t walking in love but instead may be walking in fear. When we are filled with love, though, we can’t help but have hope.
1 Thessalonians 1:3
We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul writes here in the introduction to his letter to the Thessalonians that the people there show great endurance in their faith, which is inspired by the hope they have in Christ. According to this letter, the church at Thessalonica has been able to grow and withstand difficulties as a direct result of their hope. This shows us that when we walk in hope in God, He will give us all we need to continue in what He’s called us to. Though we face difficulties and growing pains, He will sustain us and grant us the grace to persevere and endure as we hope in Him.
This verse notes that the Thessalonians’ faith produced good work, and their love produced good labor. But what both of these things were ultimately supported by was their endurance to continue in their work and labor through the hope they had in God. Hope creates the strong foundation for us to continue on in faith and love and not grow weary in doing good (Galatians 6:9).
God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.
This scripture first points to the source of true hope, and, secondly, it speaks to the strong foundation hope sets for us.
The greatest hope that we can cling to and from which all other hope comes is our hope in salvation through Jesus. Our hope in Jesus is what allows us to walk in relationship with Him. Our hope allows us to enter the inner sanctuary (a reference to the Holy of Holies where for centuries the presence of God was held) and live in true relationship with God. Our great hope is Jesus Himself and all that He has made available to us.
This hope that we have in Jesus is compared to an anchor for our souls. Even in the midst of the worst of storms, an anchor holds a ship secure. Like an anchor, hope runs deep and ties us to solid ground so we don’t have to worry about being torn apart no matter how intense the storms around us become.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
This straightforward verse encourages us to hold fast to hope for one sure reason: we know that God is faithful. When we truly believe that God is who He says He is, we will have no problem holding on to hope. The more firmly we hold to what we believe, the stronger our hope in Him becomes. The more we set our sites on His promises and His goodness, the easier it is to maintain hope. Truly, the beauty of hope is that it has little to do with us. All we have to do is set our eyes on God and believe that He is faithful, and our hope will undoubtedly begin to rise within us.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
This final verse declares that our ultimate hope is in the coming glory of God. We can hold on to the greatest hope of all, which is the final coming of the Kingdom of God. And we are able to maintain our hope through the grace that God has already given us through salvation in Jesus. As a result of God’s goodness, we are encouraged to wait in hopeful anticipation and to follow Him well in the meantime. God’s grace acts as the cornerstone for our hope, leading us to live godly lives and to press on in the faith while we wait for the ultimate redemption of the world and look forward to a fully restored relationship with Him. Even when things are difficult and the world around us fails, we can continue on in our hope because we know God has the victory already.
Hold onto Hope
In the middle of the storms of life when the world would like to strip us of our hope, hope is truly the strongest place we can be. It is an anchor in the storm, holding us secure. It allows us to rise above and out of our circumstances when others would fall. Hope draws us closer to God. Indeed, it increases as we set our sights more and more on Him, believing wholeheartedly in His faithfulness to us.
Through the good and the bad of life, if we hold onto hope in God, we will not be put to shame. Hope sets our feet on solid ground in Christ. It is in this hope that we can rest in His perfect love for us, trusting that He who loves us will be faithful to bring us through and into greater things than we could ever ask or imagine until the day that His Kingdom comes completely and we are restored to Him in the fullness of His love.