We all need a little hope now and again. Whether something in our lives is severely testing our faith, or we just need a small flicker of light at the end of the tunnel, the need for hope is always in demand. The good news? With God, it’s never in short supply.
Check out the Bible verses that the team from Grit and Grace Life refer to when they need that boost; that little reminder that God will lend an ear and a helping hand when our confidence wavers.
Here, members of the G&G team share Bible verses on hope that remind them it’s always available to us in all situations:
Hope for the Battle
The most challenging time to find hope is when you are in a battle, the seasons when the challenges of life overwhelm. You feel that God’s promise, “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11) is beyond your reach. Indeed, you think it would be best if you acted; this battle is yours to fight. But what we often fail to remember is we are not alone.
The conflict we face is conquered by one so much stronger than us. What we must do may not be natural, but it is simple. “The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent” (Exodus 14:14). It is when we turn our challenges over to our God, peace will return with hope to follow. “I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me…Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:1, 5).
Darlene Brock — Co-founder and President
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I believe that hope is one of the signet markings of God’s people. But this is not surprising considering the Bible tells us that God is the God of hope (Romans 15:13). If our Father is the source of hope, then we who are his children will also be distinguished by this heavenly trait. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 teaches us that Christians do not grieve as the rest of mankind—as those without hope. Thus, this godly characteristic differentiates us from the watching world. And that is the thing—people are watching. They watch because the hope that Christians hold is incredible, and oftentimes even unbelievable. They watch because it goes against what is seen.
Who has hope when a loved one dies? Who has hope when diagnosed with a terminal illness? Who has hope when labeled “infertile?” Who has hope when their husband leaves them and their children? Who has hope when their child goes to prison or seems to be heading that way? Who has hope when they lose their home? Children of God do.
Against all odds, those who believe in Jesus Christ have hope. For Christians know that what is visible is temporary and what is invisible is imperishable, sealed, and everlasting; we have an eternal inheritance that is being kept in heaven for us—which is a mystery to the world.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:17). When the veil is removed from the eyes of the heart, the eyes of the mind see things differently; the fiery trials become light and momentary troubles that achieve an eternal glory that far outweighs them all (2 Corinthians 4:18). And so we walk through life with an unbreakable spirit—for that is what hope looks like in the heart of a Christian.
Ashley Johnson — Managing Editor
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Hope for the Future
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
To me, hope is forward momentum. It’s what pulls us heavenward—which is our daily direction and ultimate destination. It’s the unexplained, undeniable, incredibly beautiful expression that a Christian radiates. It’s what makes us different from the ones who don’t share our faith… yet! (See, we hope even in that!).
No matter what I face in this life (and yes, I’ve faced a lot: check out my story here and here), I have been given the gift of hope—that it all has purpose, that it will all work together for my good, even if that good is ultimately my perfect home in heaven. I can trust that the God who made me, loves me, and sees my every move, thought, and prayer is always working. He doesn’t get burnt out like I do, He’s not selfish like I am, He doesn’t look for the exit. Nope. He’s always working for my good and His glory, and He’s shown up countless times for me and He will. Not. Stop. Now. So have hope, dear one. It’s the gift you didn’t deserve but can never use up.
Julie (Graham) Bender — Podcast Co-host
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The first year I ever chose a word of intention was 2016. My word was “plan” and the coinciding verse was Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
At the time, I was trying to figure out who I was, navigate some complicated and messy life choices, and dig myself out of a ditch. As far as a word goes, PLAN made perfect sense. Here we are, years later and this verse has taken on a different meaning since then. To me, now, this verse signifies less about plans and more about hope.
Knowing that God’s plan is set for me, knowing that He doesn’t intend harm and that He will use all things for my good, it brings hope that can’t be found anywhere else. I can have hope because I believe all of these things. His word tells me it is true. Hope and faith are so intertwined in my heart I don’t know how to untangle them, but I feel like that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Faith that God’s word is true and that He is steadfast in His love for us allows me to have hope beyond hope. This hope is what sustains me when things go awry and when I’m not sure I can take one more step. God’s love is our hope.
Meaghan Dawson — Manager of Editorial Development
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Hope that Brings Confidence
I once read an article by John Piper that stated the difference between the Webster’s definition of hope and the Biblical definition of hope. The main takeaway was this: Biblical hope is the expression of certainty rather than uncertainty. As Christians, this certainty comes directly from the object of our hope… Jesus. It’s so much more than an uncertain wish—it’s confident, expectant, assured, and certain.
I can be assured of the great days to come.
I can expect new mercies tomorrow.
I can be confident in the promises of God.
Like many things of faith that don’t feel natural to a sinful nature, putting this into practice doesn’t always come easily. But time has proven that children of Jesus have been given that spark to get through another day, that light at the end of the tunnel, and that hope for tomorrow.
We are not just hoping (wishing, desiring) for the future, but we have this hope (confidence, assurance) to cling to. That’s the thing I wish I could shout from the rooftops about hope! It’s yours, and it’s not going anywhere.
“Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:17-19
Bethany Gilliland — Social Media Manager
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I’m pretty hopeful about most things: that each workday will be productive; that one day I’ll have my finances figured out and can buy my own home; that my makeup will turn out OK after the first application; that each new dessert recipe I recreate from Pinterest won’t taste awful to my family and friends (the usual guinea pigs to taste my work); that my husband serving in the Navy is safe everyday.
The reason I hold out so much hope for these important and less-significant things in my life is because I can’t fathom how miserable I’d be if I had chosen a more realistic (or pessimistic) lens. No, not all workdays are productive and sometimes my recipes end up in the garbage. But if I meditate on those possibilities as soon as each day begins, I would have no reason to get out bed.
Waking up with hope, believing that each day holds something extraordinary for me is my battery. Because I choose to hope for the best, I want to achieve it. I want to pray fervently for it. I want to expect that a blessing lies ahead. And while sometimes the things we hope for don’t come to pass, I believe God has something better in store, or he’s using that missed opportunity as a chance to teach us. He loves us, and he wants us to live expecting great things, and he usually wants to be the one to make those things happen for us. When we hope, and hope in God, trusting him to move powerfully in our lives, we won’t be disappointed.
My favorite verse on hope is the one often reserved as a send-off for new graduates, but the message is for everyone: “For I know the plans for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope,” (Jeremiah 29:11). If God himself promises us a future that is good, then we have all the reason in the world to hope.
Tess Lopez — Editorial Assistant
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Here are some more Bible verses to bring you hope:
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
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
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
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Psalm 3:2-6
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. Psalm 62:5–6
Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” Joshua 10:25
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. Psalm 42:11
You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor. Job 11:18-19
We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts. Romans 5:3–5
For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:10
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