Monday, October 15, 2018

The Difference Between Hope and Faith

When my children were younger, I delighted in preparing their favorite meal. Though they had differing palates, whenever I promised to make macaroni and cheese, there was an eagerness that permeated the air. This delicacy wasn’t from the box; each ingredient was assembled into a bubbly, delicious covered dish. They couldn’t wait to sit down for dinner.

Looking forward to their favorite meal was hope. Simultaneously, because my children trusted me, they believed that macaroni and cheese would be ready at dinner time--this was faith.

Hope, in its simplest form, is defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Faith is defined as complete trust or confidence in someone or something. The Hebrew word for hope, tiqvah, means something we hold onto. The Greek word for faith is pistis, which connotes faithfulness, conviction, and commitment, a reliance on God. Based on the definitions alone, hope and faith are often intertwined; hope is the soil in which we exercise our faith.

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 [NLT]

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  1. You have such a way with words and you make it very easy to follow what you are saying. That was an amazing read! Thank you!

  2. I love this! Very encouraging, especially for those tough days. Thanks!

  3. Don't know how I got to your blog but I'm glad I did�� You have a way of simplyfing things making understanding easy. Thank you.

  4. "hope is the soil in which we exercise our faith." I love this.

  5. Such a beautiful reminder of how simple faith really is. Adults sometimes make such concepts so much more complicated than they have to be. Children are always the best examples.


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