Most people understand “hope” as “wishful thinking.” “I hope something will happen.” This is not what the Bible means by the word “hope.” The Biblical definition of “hope” is “confident expectation.” Hope is a firm assurance regarding things that are unclear and unknown. Hope is a fundamental component of the life of the righteous. Without hope, life loses its meaning and in death there is no hope. The righteous who trust or put their hope in God will be helped and they will not be confounded, put to shame, or disappointed. The righteous who have this trustful hope in God have a general confidence in God’s protection and help, and are free from fear and anxiety.