When people talk about hope, they generally mean “wishful thinking,” where they hope something good will happen even though they have no real control over it. But Biblical hope is different — it’s the confident expectation that God can and will fulfill the promises he has made to those who follow him. Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”

Clinging to that kind of hope means that we can get through the difficult circumstances that life throws our way. We don’t have to just pretend things will get better; we know deep down that God — in some way, in this world or the next — will cause good to emerge from our difficult circumstances, if we love and follow him. That doesn’t mean we laugh at life’s problems. It just means we have quiet confidence that God will ultimately use our circumstances for good. — Lee Strobel (from, How Lee Strobel Wrestles With Doubt)