January 4, 2012
Phonetic Spelling: (el-pece’)
Short Definition: hope, expectation
Definition: hope, expectation, trust, confidence.
1680 elpís (from elp?, “to anticipate, welcome”) – properly, expectation of what is sure (certain); hope.
Hope is something that is easily translated into a ‘feel-good’ emotional entity. It ranks right up there with joy and love.
We use it a lot just like those words too. “I hope so…” is a common phrase used a lot just like telling someone who is just a friend, “I love you…” We know that love is so much more than that, but so is hope.
As a feeling it is hard to describe what hope feels like. But it reminds me of a faithful pet who was resting comfortably with their head on their paws and then they hear a familiar noise from the drive-way.
They perk up and listen. They hope it is their master, but they aren’t quite sure yet so they don’t waste the energy to jump up and run if isn’t. You can see the hope (expectation) in their eyes.
But that show of uncertainty defies the actual definition of true hope. In the definition above it says that hope is:
Expectation of what is sure or certain – confidence…
But if we plug that into the places we use hope we will find that it falls short.
I hope to get that pay raise next week.
I hope to see my friend when they come to town.
I hope I won’t catch the flu.
I hope I can get out of deft this year.
I hope this car won’t break down until I can buy a new one.
But in all of these things there is an air of uncertainty. We have what we know as hope – but we do not know for sure.
But if we read the definition of hope it states that hoping is a certainty or confidence of what will happen. No we haven’t yet seen it, but we are confident in its happening.
12) Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.
This scripture has been one that has been a constant companion for most of my life. I was one to continually entertain hope and then see it deferred with a sure result of feeling heart sick.
So in looking closer at this verse in the Hebrew, because it is in the Old Testament which was written in Hebrew, we see that the word deferred is this…
mashak: to draw, drag