#4 Faith *Hope Love
In the OT God alone is the ultimate ground and object of hope. Hope in God was generated by His mighty deeds in history. In fulfilling His promise to Abraham (Gen. 12:1–3), He redeemed the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. He provided for their needs in the wilderness, formed them into a covenant community at Sinai, and led them into the successful occupation of Canaan. These acts provided a firm base for their confidence in God’s continuing purpose for them. Even when Israel was unfaithful, hope was not lost. Because of God’s faithfulness and mercy, those who returned to Him could count on His help
A corollary of putting one’s hope in God is refusing to place one’s final confidence in the created order. All created things are weak, transient, and apt to fail. For this reason it is futile to vest ultimate hope in wealth (Pss. 49:6–12; 52:7; Prov. 11:28), houses (Isa. 32:17–18), princes (Ps. 146:3), empires and armies (Isa. 31:1–3; 2 Kings 18:19–24), or even the Jerusalem temple (Jer. 7:1–7). God, and God only, is a rock that cannot be moved (Deut. 32:4, 15, 18; Pss. 18:2; 62:2; Isa. 26:4) and a refuge and fortress who provides ultimate security (Pss. 14:6, 61:3; 73:28; 91:9). An accurate summary of the OT emphasis is found in Ps. 119:49–50.