I have a problem with the words hope and faith being used synonymously. In my mind, the words hope and faith seem to be at odds with one another. For a believer to say she "hopes" such and such will happen, she questions whether it will; therefore, her waffling is in contrast to faith. The Bible tells us that faith is the "substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen." Because it is impossible to please God without faith, I think believers have to go beyond the "hoping" stage; they have to believe it with certainty as though there can be no doubt.
Let's look at the word substance in the "substance of things hoped for." Dictionary.com lists this as one definition of substance: "
I suppose this is why I refuse to listen to my mother's negativity, and for the most part, she has stopped such talk around me. I believe God is going to act on a certain issue in the future; in fact, He is setting things in motion now. We forget as humans that God has His own timetable; we tend to want what we want when we want it. So, in *my* mind, the issue is a done deal; I am merely waiting on Him to reveal what He is doing to the rest of us.
This, my friends, is the essence of faith.