You May Have Faith, But Do You Have Hope?

How tragic would it be to believe that there’s a God who created the universe, to believe in the stories, songs, poems, and letters of the Bible, to believe in Jesus and in the Holy Spirit, and to have all the faith in the world, but to not have any hope?

I have hope that something better is around the corner for Julia and me. I have hope that God will give Georgia a safe arrival, that whether in this life or the next, my daughter will be able to live to the fullest. She will be able to run, to talk, to dance, and more. Hope is carrying me through today’s aspirating woes and seizures. Hope is carrying Julia and me through life with a handicapped daughter who cannot communicate her needs to us.

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As you face life’s trials and storms, what is it that you’re hoping for? I know that it’s easy to feel like giving up and it may seem embarrassing to have an audacious kind of hope that works against common sense, but it’s time to grab onto something that can carry you through tomorrow. Chad Veach Unreasonable Hope

Perhaps it’s not so difficult for you to list out what you hope for. Perhaps it’s more difficult for you to answer the question, “Who do you place your hope in?” Maybe people have failed you time and again (which people tend to do). Maybe your dreams have been dashed or you’ve experienced failed expectations and life is not going how you planned. It’s time to place your hope in Jesus.

Psalm 33:17–19 says, “A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.”

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I know you probably don’t own a horse or relate to the first portion of this psalm. But replace horse with doctor, medicine, drugs, romance, my own strength, or fame, and you may begin to realize what David is talking about. Often if we do have any hope at all, we’re hoping in all the wrong things.

I know for Georgia, time and time again, Julia and I have placed hope in medicine or a doctor’s words and seen only failure. But as I look back on our journey so far and remember the moments when we’ve been able to face the next day, when we’ve felt the burden lifted or felt great joy, I realize these were the moments when we had placed our hope in God.

He will keep you alive when common sense says you should be dead. He will bless you when the world says you should be poor and alone. He will deliver you when you’re experiencing pain and suffering. He will give you more and more. This is what I’m eagerly anticipating. This is where I put my hope.

Copyright Chad Veach, 2016. Excerpt from Unreasonable Hope: Finding Faith in the God Who Brings Purpose to Your Pain (Thomas Nelson) pg. 184. 

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Chad Veach is the pastor of Zoe Church in Los Angeles, California. Chad and his wife, Julia, have three beautiful children, Georgia, Winston, and Maverick.

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