Some words in the scripture are not as familiar in our vocabulary today or they may be used in a different way. The word hope for instance is used pretty freely in the church but in everyday life I tend to use it more toward others than in my thoughts about myself. (I hope you have a good trip. I hope you pass your test.) The thoughts about my life or goals I prefer to use the word expect. I expect to do this or that.Expecting and hoping both mean to look forward to the future or to anticipate something.
In studying these words I found in the Hebrew the word hoped and expectations have the same meaning. Then finding another Hebrew word that meant the same thing was exciting. Another Hebrew word for expectation is literally rope. Then I realized I need to reread Joshua 2.
The story of Rahab, a harlot, who hid the men sent to spy out Jericho and saved their lives. In return for her kindness they instructed her to have a scarlet rope hung from her window as a sign so when the men invaded the city her family would be spared. She had hope and expected to be saved out a city marked for destruction. Her “Rope of Hope”, not only saved her life but her family’s as well.
We have heard the old adage when you get to the end of your rope tie a knot and hang on. Not bad advice at all. God is our hope and our expectation.
Are you at the end of your rope? Hold on to your “Rope of Hope and Expect” miracles like Rahab?
For surely there is a latter end [a future and a reward], and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off. Proverbs 23:18