Hope is essential for all of us. Imagine life without hope, it would be tragic. In one way or another one has to cling to a certain hope. Some put their hope in fame, money, power, family, a loved one and so on. Yet in truth to hope in these things is rather hopeless because sooner or later these things will come to an end.
The world’s hope is an “I hope-so” kind of hope. It is unstable. But the hope we have in God is an “I know-so” kind of hope. John Piper defines hope in the New Testament as full assurance, or strong confidence that God is going to do good to us in the future. It is sure. It is safe. It is certain. It is guaranteed. Putting our hope in God is as sure as we know that His mercies are new every morning. It is as certain as the birds of the air that God will provide for them everyday. It is as secure as Abraham that God will fulfill His promise of being a great nation. It is as confident we are that the nothing can separate us from His love.