There’s a big difference between the world’s definition of hope and what the Bible teaches us that hope truly is.
I found the following explanation yesterday while researching the difference:
The world’s hope is essentially a wish: its strength is the strength of the person’s desire. But in the Bible hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised, and its strength is in His faithfulness.
Is our hope self-reliant or solely reliant on God? That’s where the discrepancy is between the two.
Are you confidently expecting God to deliver what He has promised, or are you tirelessly spinning your own wheel fueled by human desires?
Don’t let your hope be merely a wish – a puff on a dandelion on a summer’s evening in June – one that flits away with the wind. Let your hope be steadfast, strong, and one that sticks.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23