It's just a word.
You might hope
you have a nice day
(free from pain or trial)
or you might hope
you do well on a test,
or hope you get a good job.
If you put your "hope"
in a power greater than you,
committed to you
and to your benefit
then it's not just a word,
it's a game plan
it's a future fact
it's a forecast
a thing that puts your mind to rest.
It wont matter if you get the job
or pass the test
or have a hard day,
All is well
because you have faith,
we are sure of what we hope for
and hope dose not disappoint
because the love of God
has been poured out within our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Therefor the righteous live by faith.
Believing what we hope for.
So we can pray like Habakkuk prayed:
Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the LORD,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation...
It's the reassuring Voice
of One who has traveled the path before us
"Hang in there,
you're doing great,
and you're almost home."