We typically hope for things over which have little control and that may or may not come to pass. In some cases, it’s little more than wishful thinking, as in I hope I win the lottery. I hope that the Chicago Cubs will have a winning season, but as every Cub fan knows, that hope is likely to be squashed.
However, biblical hope is confidently expectant. Confidently expectant hope requires faith in the promises, recorded by Holy Spirit inspired writers, of a God who is unseen. Many would say that’s little reason for confidence.
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