Hope - An Overlooked Attitude

As Apostolics we place a lot of emphasis on faith, and we should because we need faith to please the Lord (Hebrews 11;6). However, we often overlook hope or minimize hope. Hope is a very important element in our walk with the Lord. The Bible says we are saved by hope (Romans 8:24). The Bible also says that hope is one of the elements that abide with faith and love (I Corinthians 13:13). 

Our hope for the appearing of the Lord is called the "blessed hope," and the hope of seeing the Lord Jesus should be one of the main motivating factors in a Christian's walk (Titus 2:13).

But what is hope? Our definition of hope is "an earnest expectation for something good, usually with anticipation." One reason I think hope is overlooked or minimized is that it is the result of growing in the Lord. In Romans 5:3-4, we see that hope is the result of enduring tribulation, which works patience in us, and patience works experience, and experience works hope. We find in Romans 15:4 that hope comes through patience and comfort of the scriptures.

Again, we find hope applied to Abraham the father of faith where the Bible says, "Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations..." (Romans 4:18).

I think we can say that faith is believing that God can and will do something, but hope is that earnest expectation that God is going to do something. Hope comes with growth in the Lord through patience and experience, and we need hope mixed with our faith and love to be complete.

We also see that hope comes through joy and peace by the power of the Holy Ghost. Let's have faith mixed with hope as we look to the God of hope (Romans 15;13).