“Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” Isaiah 49:23b (NIV)
The prophet Isaiah is writing what the Lord told him to write. The Lord can make a statement like this because He intends to fulfill every promise He makes and He knows that he can do just that. You may be aware that when the Lord speaks about the attitude of hope he means something different than what some people think. For some, hoping is like wishful thinking. But were we read the word hope in the Bible it means expectations. So what God promises in our verse is that when we fully expect Him to act in our behalf He will not disappoint us. So let us be sure that we are not merely wishing that He would act for us. Let us expect Him to do so. When He does, this will prove to us who He is as He promised in our verse, we will know that He is the Lord.