Life doesn’t always go as you plan–life often doesn’t go as we plan. When we encounter hard times and we have to choose to hope in the Lord through those hardships. The Bible to tell us how to remain steadfast in hope during hard times.
Time and time again on our little life-journey things haven’t exactly gone the way we planned. There has been uncertainty and waiting. And believe me those are not things I naturally embrace!!
Through this God has been teaching me that He is taking care of my future and I need to rest and wait. In my reading of His Word this summer, God has placed multiple reassurances of HOPE before my eyes.
What is hope in the Bible?
Hope in English is defined as: “to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true.” Source
Hope in English is often interchangeable for wish or desire, but it has a different meaning in the original languages of the Bible.
Definition of Hope in the Bible
A few different words are used for hope in the Bible, here are the primary ones you will find and some things that make them different from the English usage.
- Yahal — To wait, to hope, to expect, to tarry.
- Tiqva — Literally, a cord; figuratively, hope, expectation, something to hold on to.
- Mahase — Refuge, shelter, place of hope
- Elpis — Expectation of good, confidence, faith
As you can see hope Biblically is different than our modern understanding and usage. Hope in the Bible is more firm and settled and less wishful thinking.
15 Bible Verses About Hope in Hard Times
If you’re looking for where to find hope in the Bible you’ve come to the right place. And this is just the beginning! Hope is all over Scripture.
1. Psalm 27:13-14
“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
Waiting takes courage and strength. God’s goodness is in our future, but there is most likely hopeful waiting before we get there.
2. Job 19:25-27
“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”
Jesus coming to the earth the first time as a man to die for our sins gives us ultimate hope. Knowing He is alive, has conquered death and will stand upon the earth again in victory gives us hope for every day to come.
3. Psalm 9:10
“And those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”
Knowing God and trusting God cannot be separated. Our hope is secure in who God is–His goodness, His steadfast love, His justice, His compassion.
4. Psalm 33:20-22
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.
Waiting in hope when life is confusing or hard demonstrates our trust in the Lord and confidence in God’s love for us, no matter what.
4. Psalm 71:5 and 14
For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth. As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.
Hope in God is a lifelong pursuit and journey. Like a good marriage that grows deeper and sweeter every year–the longer we walk with the Lord the easier it is to have hope in hard times.
5. Isaiah 40:31
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Hoping in the Lord, waiting with confident expectation for Him to act on our behalf will lead to fresh, renewable, supernatural strength.
6. Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for peace and not for calamity, to give you a hope and a future.
God’s plans for us are for our welfare and peace. We can always have hope because God holds our future.
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7. Lamentations 3:22-24
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.
8. Acts 24:15
And I have the same hope in God as these men themselves have, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.
God is the ultimate judge of every person in the world. God’s justice inspires us to hope and wait with expectation until He rights every wrong in the world.
9. Romans 5:3-5
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Hope in God is always in the right place. Hope in God will never shame you because our hope is forever secured by how God showed His love sending Jesus to die for us and rise again.
10. Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Hope is meant to overflow from God to His children and then (by the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives) overflow onto everyone we come in contact with.
11. 1 Corinthians 13:6-7, 13
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres… And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
12. Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
We can hold tight to hope, because our hope is founded in God’s faithfulness.
13. 1 Thessalonians 1:3
We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Hope in Jesus inspires us to keep enduring in hard seasons. Because Jesus went through so much for us we can trust Him as we go through difficulties and stressors.
14. 1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
Our hope can’t help but be shared. In your excitement to overflow hope to others never forget to do so respectfully and tenderly.
15. Psalm 25:5
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
God’s truth and guidance are essential to hope. Spend time in His Word, in prayer, meditating on His promises and see your hope grow and grow.
So much great truths packed in these verses!!
Because I’ve learned to embrace these hopeful truths–not pushing away from God in fear, distrust, or dissatisfaction with His timing when I face hardships–His “big reveal” of His plan is so much sweeter!
And my hope grows!
I am blessed even in hard times with a God who reveals more of Himself–His compassion, His gentleness, His faithfulness, and steadfast love– through whatever it is I am going through.
Maybe you know where He’s taking you, maybe you don’t yet. My encouragement to you would be to embrace hope and wait with expectation of God’s goodness in your current moment and in the moments to come.
If you would like to dive deeper into what hope means in the Bible be sure to check out the Claiming Fresh Hope Bible Study!
- 4 Weeks of Guided Bible Study — focused reading hope-filled Bible verses, writing our Scripture, and then applying them to your life.
- 4 Bible Teaching Lessons — where we go deeper into the original language, context and application of hope for you today.
- Guided Discussion Questions — to help you reflect and apply what you’ve listened to in the lesson on your own or in a group setting.
- Claiming Fresh Hope Worship Playlist — a worship song for each day that goes along with the Scripture passage.
- Bonus!! –Bible Verse Cards– — Print them out and carry them with you, perfect for memorizing and meditating on the hope-filled verses you are studying.
I’m so excited for you to experience this Bible study because I am so excited for you to experience the height and depth of the HOPE God has for you.
It is rich, my friend. And it is for you.
What is your favorite verse about hope?