The Meaning of “HOPE”

On Easter Sunday morning I was pressed with what I call…

God Speaking

If you listen carefully He guides you in a perfect direction.

I kept hearing Faith*Hope*Love

At the Women’s Bible Study I lead, we had just finished studying about FAITH.

Coincidence? I don’t think so!

So, I felt that our next lessons would be on HOPE.

We met again at Burger King, where we have a lite breakfast and drink.

We talk awhile as we eat, and then I open with prayer.

HOPE was to be our next topic of study for the next few weeks.

Everyone seemed to think that was good idea.

We were to learn a lot about this word HOPE!

The definition of HOPE is:
An optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.

As a noun HOPE means:

A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

A feeling of trust.

A person or thing that may help or save someone.

Grounds for believing that something good may happen.

As a verb HOPE means:

Wanting something to happen or be the case.

Words that express this type of HOPE:




look for

hope against hope



The SPIRITUAL meaning is:

A positive and potent spiritual practice with the power to pull us through difficult times.


These are some “light metaphors” of Hope

a ray

a beam

a glimmer of HOPE

break in the clouds

light at the end of tunnel

We found our worldly meaning of hope is quite different than the HOPE we receive in God.

And so, Lord, Where Do I Put My Hope?


Psalm 39:7

Now Faith is confidence in what we HOPE for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hebrew 11:1.

May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as you , so that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT in HIM.

Romans 15:13

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In His great MERCY He has given us new birth into a living HOPE through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.


We expect things like Glory and Grace with confidence because the Lord has promised them to us.

Psalm 42

God is our Hope and Strength

We will not FEAR!

*And then today I happened on a book called,

“HOPE for Your HEART” Finding Strength in Life’s Storms

by June Hunt


I say, listen to the small still voice of God.

He will guide and direct us in all things!

Written by: Marilyn Griffin

Member of Cardinal Hill Baptist Church

Louisville, KY



6 thoughts on “The Meaning of “HOPE”

  1. Wonderful word study on a word that contains life, encouragement, and much more. Thank you so much for sharing, Marilyn. So many people today are in desperate need of hope. Even Christians are going through spiritual battles unheard of a few years ago as the enemy is on the prowl trying to take out as many of God’s children as he can before Jesus comes again. Hope is the rope for us to hang on to as we walk through the darkness and that will lead us back out into the light. God bless, and keep sharing.

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