12 Empowering Bible Verses About Hope

The All-American, Susie Finkbeiner

What do you do when times are hard? Do you have a song you listen to? Do you withdraw from family and friends? Trials affect each of us in different ways, but as Christ-followers, hardship should be an opportunity to draw closer to God. I’d like to share twelve Bible verses about hope that you can meditate on when you’re going through a difficult season.

Bible Verses About Hope

The Oxford Dictionary defines hope as a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.

I know, that definition seems a bit lacking, doesn’t it? It doesn’t express how being hopeful can get you to push past circumstances that should be debilitating.

It doesn’t express the thrill you experience when something you hope for has come through.

I don’t know what you’re going through right now, but I pray these verses will encourage you and remind you of the hope we have in Christ.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Romans 15:13 ESV

Let’s start with the reminder that our hope comes from God. The word translated as hope is the Greek elpís, (pronounced el-pece’) meaning to anticipate, usually with pleasure. It could also have been translated as expectation or confidence.

Every good and perfect gift comes from our Heavenly Father, including hope. And hope doesn’t walk alone. It also comes with joy and peace.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

This verse is a promise given to the Israelites after the Babylonians had taken them into captivity. After years of unfaithfulness, God removed the people from the land they lived. The land they’d waited almost 500 years to occupy.

For many Israelites, this was a sign God had taken His favor from them. Maybe they feared they were no longer His people. They may even have wondered whether the God of Israel would follow them to a foreign land.

I know how strange that sounds because God is omnipresent–He is everywhere all at once. But fear often leaves us foolish in its wake. Or this belief could have stemmed from God’s promise to occupy the temple at Jerusalem.  If there is no temple, the promise couldn’t still apply, right?

Whatever the case, God found it necessary to reassure His people. He encouraged them to settle into the land. To build homes and marry. To multiply and prosper because they’d be there for a while (Jeremiah 29:5-10).

Then He gave them the promise that He still had a plan for them. My friend. God has not changed. Regardless of how imperfectly we have reflected His image, He has a plan for our lives. One that will result in prosperity and blessings.

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31 ESV

Waiting may not seem to have anything to do with hope, but it does. Remember Romans 15:13? Our hope comes from God.

It means, therefore, that if our hope is to be fulfilled, we must wait on God’s perfect timing.

When He does, He will reward, refresh, and renew us.

Romans 12:12

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Romans 12:12 ESV

We started by talking about verses we can ruminate on when times are hard. This passage reminds us that there’s an attitude to maintain whether times are hard or not. When times are hard, we should remain patient. When they are filled with hope,

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1 ESV

This verse is a reminder for us to have faith. I encourage you to read through the Hall of Faith. Many of the people mentioned in that chapter believed in things that were not fulfilled during their lifetime. Yet, the Bible calls them men and women of faith. Let us live out our faith in such a way that we will be remembered as people who put their faith in God.

Romans 5:5

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 5:5 ESV

Do you know someone who complains a lot? Who is always miserable and lets everyone know it? A person who never has anything positive to say?

I think about that person when I read this verse. I’m not saying life is easy or that we should run around like Pollyanna, but life is more bearable when we choose hope over despair. As the apostle Paul says, “Hope never lets us down”.

Proverbs 23:18

Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

Proverbs 23:18 ESV

Jamaicans like to say, “As long as there is life, there is hope.” As Christians, we can take the one step further: when we put our trust in God, there’s always hope. In this life and in the one to come.

12 Empowering Bible Verses About Hope

Lamentations 3:24

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:24 ESV

I wonder if this saying originated with the Levites. Unlike the other tribes of Israel, they weren’t given an inheritance in the traditional sense. Rather, everything that was set aside for God, became theirs. If we could remember that despite the hardships of life we have Christ, our life would be so much more joyous.

Psalm 33:18

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love

Psalm 33:18 ESV

This verse is only reassuring to those who love the Lord. Since I assume that’s who I’m speaking to, this passage of Scripture should make you excited.

Because we have faith in God and are partakers of His love, He watches over us. (Well, God watches over everyone, but because we love Him and know He loves us, we can take comfort in the fact.)

1 Peter 5:10

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

1 Peter 5:10 ESV

Okay, so the last thing you want to hear about when going through a trial is suffering. But doesn’t this verse give you the warm fuzzies? It’s a reminder that our suffering will be for a short time–it may seem long to us but it will end. And when it does, Jesus Himself will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. Let’s look at each word in turn:

  • Restore: He will return to us everything that had been taken or lost.
  • Confirm: He will validate you and attest to the truth of everything that’s been said about you.
  • Strengthen: God will make you stronger.
  • Establish: He will make a firm foundation for you.

Isn’t that wonderful? I want God to do all those things for me and I’m sure you do, too.

Matthew 11:28 ESV

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 ESV

Almost everyone you know is going to encourage you to push through when life is hard. It’s really good advice because the last thing you want to do is give up right before your breakthrough.
But sometimes pushing through is an excuse for us to do things in our own strength when what we should do is take them to God.
Jesus invites us to rest. To lay our burdens at His feet and allow Him to bear them for us.
Don’t give up my friend. But don’t forget to take time to rest.

Revelation 21:4

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

Revelation 21:4 ESV

I think this verse is one of the most encouraging in the entire Bible. Can you imagine a world where there’s no pain, sadness, hardship, or disease? Seems unbelievable, doesn’t it? But this is the promise Jesus gave to those who remain faithful to the end.

I thought a lot about hardship and hope as I read The All-American by Susie Finkbeiner. The Harding family was dealt several hard blows but still maintained their hope. Their story is an inspiration to us. Even in the middle of a trial, there’s joy to be found.

The All-American Review

In The All-American, author Susie Finkbeiner zooms in on life with the Harding family. The story is told in alternating first-person POV by Bertha and Flossie Harding.

Bertha is sixteen and obsessed with all things baseball. Her greatest dream is to play for the Workington Sweet Peas, especially since she has no desire to become a typical housewife.

Flossie,  Bertha’s eleven-year-old sister, is a reader in pursuit of books with happy endings.

When their father is accused of being “Un-American”, they must leave everything behind to start over in the small town where the only familiar face is their Uncle.

I loved the Harding family. Flossie was a hoot who said almost everything that popped into her head. Bertha’s passion for baseball and genuine confusion about household tasks was also entertaining.

What I enjoyed most of all, were the lessons this family learned during the course of the novel. Ms. Finkbeiner did a great job of showing readers a peek into their family.

Reading The All-American was like getting a behind-the-scenes look at A League of Their Own. (In case you didn’t figure it out, I loved that movie.)

The All-American will remind readers that not all stories have happy endings. Even so, the bad times are as necessary for our growth as the good ones. They’ll be reminded that we can choose to chase after our dreams–even if most people would prefer if we didn’t.

If you enjoy coming-of-age stories, pick up a copy of The All-American.

I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publisher through NetGalley and the Revell Reads program; a positive review was not required.

About The All-American: A Novel

Two sisters discover how much good there is in the world–even in the hardest of circumstances

It is 1952, and nearly all the girls 16-year-old Bertha Harding knows dream of getting married, keeping house, and raising children in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Bertha dreams of baseball. She reads every story in the sports section, she plays ball with the neighborhood boys–she even writes letters to the pitcher for the Workington Sweet Peas, part of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

When Bertha’s father is accused of being part of the Communist Party by the House Un-American Activities Committee, life comes crashing down on them. Disgraced and shunned, the Hardings move to a small town to start over where the only one who knows them is shy Uncle Matthew. But dreams are hard to kill, and when Bertha gets a chance to try out for the Workington Sweet Peas, she packs her bags for an adventure she’ll never forget.

Join award-winning author Susie Finkbeiner for a summer of chasing down your dreams and discovering the place you truly belong.

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About Susie Finkbeiner

Susie Finkbeiner is the CBA bestselling author of The Nature of Small Birds, All Manner of Things — which was selected as a 2020 Michigan Notable Book — and Stories That Bind Us, as well as A Cup of Dust, A Trail of Crumbs, and A Song of Home.

She serves on the Fiction Readers Summit planning committee, volunteers her time at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and speaks at retreats and women’s events across the country. Susie and her husband have three children and live in West Michigan.

Hold On to Your Hope

Life may be hard friend, but God is good. There is a reward for the faithful.

As hard as life may seem right now, there’s hope. Hold on to God and allow Him to minister to your heart. I pray these Bible verses about hope have encouraged your heart. I’d love to know which one encouraged you the most.

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