True Christian hope is not a mere wishful expectation that relies for sustenance on the laws of probability or the faltering faithfulness of human beings. It rests squarely on the revealed Word of God, the certainty of certainties. “O Israel, hope in the Lord” (Ps. 130:7).
Hope is a virgin of a fair and clear countenance; her proper seat is upon earth, her proper object is in heaven. . . Faith is her attorney-general, prayer her solicitor, patience her physician, charity her almoner, thankfulness her treasurer, confidence her vice-admiral, the promise of God her anchor, peace her chair of state, and eternal glory her crown.
Hope is never ill when faith is well.
The saints are oft feeding their hopes on the carcasses of their slain fears.
Westminster Confession (XVIII, 1)
Although hypocrites and other unregenerate men may vainly deceive themselves with false hopes and carnal presumptions of being in the favor of God, and estate of salvation (which hope of theirs shall perish): yet such as truly believe in the Lord Jesus, and love Him in sincerity, endeavoring to walk in all good conscience before Him, may, in this life, be certainly assured that they are in the state of grace, and may rejoice in the hope of the glory of God, which hope shall never make them ashamed.
Better God’s heirs live upon hope than upon hire.
Truly, hope is the the saint’s covering, wherein he wraps himself, when he lays his body down to sleep in the grave: “My flesh,” saith David, “shall rest in hope.”
His oath, His covenant, His blood Support me in the whelming flood; When all around my soul gives way, He still is all my hope and stay. On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand.