Faith And Hope, Explaining The Differences

Faith and Hope aren’t that different from each other. I don’t think you can have hope without faith, and maybe vice versa. A lot of people have their own definitions but mine comes from Hebrews 11:1.

11 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.

Hebrews 11:1

In other words:

Faith is having confidence today, for what you’re hoping about tomorrow.

Hope Vs. Faith doesn’t have to be a fight, instead one starts and the other finishes. When you have faith in something, you’ll be hoping it happens. That in a nutshell is the basics of Hope Vs Faith.

What Does The Bible Say About Faith And Hope?

While Faith Is Believing In Something In The Here And Now. Hope Is Believing In The Future. When You Have Faith, You’re Taking Steps Into Your Future, And Those Steps Are Steps Of Hope.

Think about it, we hope for many things in life.

  • The Single Person Hopes To Find Someone Who Loves Them.
  • The Poor Man Longs To Become Wealthy
  • Some People Hope To Defeat Their Illness And Be Whole Again.

These are only a few examples off the top of my head. There are a hundred, perhaps thousands of ways we could look to the future.

I believe that faith and hope give humanity a foundation.

What Does Faith Mean?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines faith with the verbiage below:


  • Is a belief and trust in and loyalty to God
  • (2): belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion
  • (1): firm belief in something for which there is no proof clinging to the faith that her missing son would one day return
  • (2): complete trust

Faith is a complete or total trust in something or someone. If you’re a Christian you have a faith in Jesus Christ. You believe his words, teachings, and promises.

This is faith. It’s the present trust, confidence, and belief you have in someone or something.

What Does Hope Mean?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines hope with the verbiage below:


  • to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true hopes for a promotion hoping for the best hope so. archaic: TRUST
  • transitive verb
  • to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment I hope she remembers or hopes to be invited
  • to expect with confidence: TRUST; Your mother is doing well, I hope.

Hope is a desired expectation that something is going to happen. Usually, this is a good thing that the person wants to happen. When you hope, you’re expectant that the future will bring something great.

Now keep in mind, that biblical hope is built upon faith. Let’s use my previous example about faith. If you have faith in Jesus, you’ll have hope in the forgiveness of Sind, and his eventual second coming.

Without faith, you won’t have hope in his return.

How Does Hope Relate To Faith?

To help clarify a little more, faith is the here and now. It’s the present. Your faith is what you have, and your hope is what you’re expecting through faith.

Faith And Hope Work Together.

Now Faith Is Confidence In What We Hope For, And The Assurance About What We Do Not See.

Hebrews 11:1

I would suggest reading the entire book of Hebrews, but the 11th chapter can shed some major light on this question. You can read the previous verse and almost see faith as a foundation.

Once you have faith, you can build on it. That building is hope. Your Faith in Jesus gives you and the saints hope for the future.

Can You Have Faith And Hope?

Losing Hope Is Dangerous

Faith comes first and then comes hope. How can you wait for something and not have a belief that it is going to come? You have faith in something because you know it’s going to come, and you wait patiently, hoping for it.

Don’t get me wrong, while you’re waiting a lot of bad things can happen.

I believe you can lose hope, and that’s one of the worst feelings you can ever face. In fact, things work opposite when you lose hope.

Lose of hope leads to loss of faith. It’s a dangerous game to lose hope.

What Happens When You Lose Hope?

Losing hope is like falling into the depths of despair. There’s no way out and depression sets in. If you don’t know how to fight depression, check out my blog about fighting depression here.

When you despair, all hope is lost, and that is deadly.

It’s been a rough couple of years for me. I left a great salary and fun job to go out on my own, but I had faith in Jesus and knew this was what I needed to do. I started working on a Snowboard business & published a book. While I know God led me into this mess, my faith has been stretched. Almost to the breaking point a few times.

The Difference Between Faith And Hope

Faith keeps you rooted in the present and his presence. While hope turns your eyes to the future. When you’re full of faith and hope, excitement for tomorrow creeps into your heart. I’ve lost hope a few times in my life. It was hard to regain.

When you don’t have hope, You Lose Sight Of Your Future, And you lose sight of the dreams you wanted to chase.

This one of the first steps people take towards complacency and bitterness. When people lose hope they also stop dreaming, lose interest in life, and exist.

What Is The Biblical Definition Of Hope?

For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.

Psalm 50:10

In the English-speaking world, the word “hope” is used as the word wish. For example:

  • I Hope I Can Go To That Concert
  • That’s What I’m Hoping For
  • I Hope You Are Do Well On Your Test
Prayer Will Focus You And Give You Strength

The sentences above are all common sayings. Basically, you can switch the word hope out with wish and the meaning won’t change.

Biblically speaking, the word Hope is different but it’s also dangerous. Hope in the Bible means a confident expectation. This means when people had hope that God would deliver them, they were expecting it.

Whatever you’re dealing with, and whatever you’re fighting. You can have confident hope in Jesus. He is the way, and he’s here to fight for you. Just remember, your trust is in him, not your circumstances or the outcome.

Hope Vs. Faith Random Thoughts.

While many people tend to think hope vs. faith is a bad thing, I like to think they go hand in hand. Without faith, it’s impossible to have hope. (and without faith you can’t please God). The hope you have might be in something that’ll fail anyway.

Make sure your faith is put in something real.

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