I just had a conversation with someone yesterday and in response to his positive comment, I responded back with: “I hope so.” It was said with doubt in my mind and in my voice. There was no real hope there. It was false hope. I was filled with doubt. Perhaps I should have used that classic expression, “Lord willing, and the creek don’t rise!” That phrase might have been more supportive.
In reality, we, as believers, are called to be filled with hope.