Examples of Hope in the Bible

We’ve all have those moments of feeling “hopeless”. Resting there can take us to places we don’t want to go. It’s a dark and dreary cavern without any light. In contrast, “hope” gives light and life that thrives. We will be looking at examples of hope in the Bible

Webster’s Dictionary describes hope as:  1. to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true: hopes for a promotion. 2. someone or something on which hopes are centered, ex: our only hope for victory. Of these two types of hope in the Bible, we will be looking at the second definition.

According to the Dictionary of Bible Themes, “the Hope in God is a total grounding of one’s confidence and expectation in God’s goodness and providential care even in the face of trouble.”

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 How Is Hope Described in the Bible

“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.” Romans 15:13 NIV

Hope in the verse above is talking about confidence. The interlinking word here is trust. To have hope takes trust. To regain footing after a loss of hope, we must go back to the beginning of our faith and reestablish our trust. 

There are added benefits when we hope in God. It removes us from that cavern of darkness and sheds God’s light of joy and peace from the Holy Spirit.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 NIV

Often our hope is placed in ourselves, we are overcome by the surrounding situation and forget where our hope and strength center. This keeps us moving in circles without relief. We have to hold on tight to Jesus Christ and trust His faithfulness. Here in Hebrews, it says “unswervingly”.

Webster says unswerving means: “not swerving or turning aside: Steady, Unfaltering, unswerving loyalty.

We don’t often think of hope as loyalty. This gives a different perspective. By trusting in Jesus and accepting His Hope, we are being true to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

4 Examples of Hope in the Bible 

  1. Naomi and Ruth
  2. Abraham and Sara
  3. David
  4. Isaiah

Naomi went through many obstacles that help create her lack of hope. Her family had left Bethlehem trying to escape a famine by going to Moab. In the time she was there, she lost her husband and her two sons. Running from obstacles sometimes just creates new ones. She returned home to Bethlehem with Ruth, her daughter-in-law, discouraged and hopeless. Ruth took responsibility of the situation and provided food by gleaning grain in the field of Boaz, a relative. Through that experience, Ruth became the wife of Boaz and had a child which brought blessings from the Lord to Naomi. This also blessed Israel as the son of Boaz and Ruth is the grandfather of King David. Naomi’s life went from hopelessness to hope through their faith that God would provide. Ruth chapters 1-4

Abraham and Sarah: The Lord had promised Abraham he would be a Father of many nations. As the years began to collect, they became discouraged because they did not have a child. There were some missed steps as they waited for God’s promise but continued to rely on His faithfulness. At the age of 90, Sarah had Isaac. Their hope in God was rewarded, just in God’s time, not theirs. Throughout the years, Abraham had hope that God would provide. Genesis 21:1-7

David: In Psalm 42, David’s heart is heavy with discouragement and grief. Throughout the psalm, he is reaching for God and hope in his life. The reality of this psalm shows how difficult the process can be. In verse 5:

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”

Psalm 42:5 Examples of Hope in the Bible

David is telling himself to quiet his heart with hope in God. Moving into verse 6 he is still discouraged,

“My soul is downcast within me; therefore, I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.”

He is remembering times of God’s faithfulness in his life and his heart begins to hope as he thinks of God’s love.

Isaiah: “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” Isaiah 40:31 NIV

This is such a beautiful verse of encouragement to Isaiah and the people of Israel. At this time, the nation had been exiled in Babylon for several years and was despairing of the persecutions they were going through. 

They were thinking God had forgotten them. This verse is to Israel to let them know God had not forgotten and He would restore them. 

This verse has meaning for us as well. We are not Israelites but we are God’s people and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 

When we place our hope and trust in the Lord, we know we can have the strength to live in that hope.

Example of Hope in Everyday Life

Here are a few different examples of hope in everyday life.

Hope in Trials

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Matthew 16:33 NIV

Jesus Christ is telling us that in Him is where our peace lies. He doesn’t say we won’t have trials but He says we will have them. The good news is in the latter part of the verse, He has overcome the world and all the trials in it.  We can renew our hope by placing our trust in what He says and has done. 

Hope in Grief

When we are deep in grief, we sometimes forget that as Christians we don’t grieve in the same manner as others.

 “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 NIV.

Our grief is different because we have hope. The Lord tells us that our loved ones are with Him and we will see them again. 

Hope in God’s Word

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5

How wonderful is God’s Word? We can search through the sacred pages to answer all of our questions. Trust in the words you are reading, they are alive and quick, ready to give you hope.

Finding Hope in Our Lives

Bible stories about hope in hard times fill the pages of scripture just waiting to be read and applied to our lives. All the things our soul craves, love, peace, joy, and hope are at our fingertips. Reach forward and claim yours today.

We think about our trials and become discouraged. Look at Christ’s life, what do you see? Rejection from His own people, being hounded by the religious leaders who craved nothing but His death, stripped of His clothing, beaten beyond recognition, spit upon, ridiculed.  What did He do? Nothing but loved mankind enough to die for their sins.

Did He stay dead? He arose. He defeated the enemy and we will too. Through what He did for us we should have the greatest hope ever.

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Jackie Stubblefield

Jackie writes at From Loss to Hope by God’s Word, where she seeks to encourage women who are going through tough times to find hope and strength in Jesus.