Calvary Baptist Church of Waterbury, CT

The Christian's Hope - Hebrews 11:1

Dec 4, 2022    Dr. Craig P. Scott

Most people understand hope as wishful thinking, as in "I hope something will happen." 

This is not what the Bible means by hope. The biblical definition of hope is "confident expectation." Now faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  (Hebrews 11:1, 7). 

As trials thunder across our path of life, such as financial losses, death, troubles at home or at work, hardships, war, chaos, darkness, annoyances etc. Where is your hope.  In what do you trust to get you through the issues of life? Some trust in their wit, their preparedness, their training, their friends etc. Our hope is that our wisdom would prevail, our preparedness would be sufficient, our training would be enough, and our friends will be there when it counts.  All of which is good, but each have their limits.  Ultimately where is your trust when you reach the end of your wisdom, preparedness, training, friends? How will your natural resources help you when you face a terminal disease and the prospect of death?  Ultimately true hope . . . biblical hope goes beyond the natural resources we have at our disposal. Biblical hope is built upon God’s character.