The Taxonomy of Hope
Hope means different things to different people. A bride, a cancer patient, a student before an exam, certainly a Cubs fan-each has a uniqure perspective on hope. To some, hope means positive thinking. To others, hope is a secret longing held deep inside, cherished and nurtured. Still others see hope as a wish of a possibility. For organizational planners, hope is a preferred future complete with objectives and strategies.
Christians live every day with these varieties of hopeful thinking. Yet in the Bible, the taxonomy of hope-how it's structured and how it works-is specific and clear. Hope is established and nurtured by the Holy Spirit, who creates faith in and through God's Word. Faith drives hope and God gives it certainty-faith in the promises of God proclaimed in His Word and in history.
Christian hope is not a wish or even an optimism. Christian hope sees by faith what cannot be seen otherwise. Hope believes and sees the promises of God coming true in Jesus Christ.
From Portals of Prayer, Concordia Publishing House, Saint Louis