On Shevat 28 (134 BCE?), Antiochus V abandoned his
siege of Jerusalem and his plans for the city's destruction. This day was observed as a holiday in Hashmonean times. (Megilat Taanit)
There is hope, and there is trust in G‑d—and they are two distinct attitudes.
Hope is when there is something to latch on to, some glimmer of a chance. The drowning man, they say, will clutch at any straw to save his life.
Trust in G‑d is even when there is nothing in which to hope. The decree is sealed. The sword is drawn over the neck. By all laws of nature, there is no way out.
But the One who runs the show doesn’t need any props.