Loving the Unknown of the NBA Draft

Published on June 24, 2017 | By

The 2017 NBA Draft has come to an end, and every team moves forward with the mentality they made the right selections. All of the drafted players now move on to prove themselves at the next level. Displaying

Interestingly, there is an overall sense of hope surrounding the draft - in the anticipation leading up to it, and also afterward. As fans, we personally have hope that our team drafts the players we want, and then we have hope that they will live up to our expectations.

Hours before the Draft, I heard a fascinating conversation between ESPN Radio’s Ryen Russillo and Will Cain. This comment especially grabbed my attention: "We fall in love with what we don’t know...we fill it with hope, what we expect and want to happen.” That’s the mentality so many of us fans have during the Draft. Although we have no idea what’s going to happen, or how good these players really are, or how their game translates to the NBA, we trust the “late first rounder” is going to come through for our team.

We are mesmerized by their potential, and have great hope for how good these players are going to be. We’ll even find ourselves convinced that a college player who averaged less than 10 points last year will have an impact in the NBA. We love the uncertainty and the exciting possibilities.

Unfortunately, all too often our willingness to place hope in what we don’t know in sports is stronger than the hope we place in the uncertainty of our lives. But what if our faith and trust in God was so strong that we could actually “fall in love with what we don't know” during the difficult times we face?

When our circumstances seem bleak, we must remember that as followers of Jesus we are to place our hope in someone much greater and more powerful than some “late first rounder.” Even when trials hit, what if we looked for the potential and had great expectations for what God was going to do? Why do we place hope in a 19-year old kid, and believe the impossible in sports, but hesitate to think God is going to do something remarkable in us?

God has made it clear we can trust Him and place our hope in Him. Romans 15:13 (ESV) encourages us with these words: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."

Also, Psalm 71:14 (ESV) says, "But I will hope continually and will praise You yet more and more."

Today, let’s take a look at the depth of our hope, and truly view our circumstances as an opportunity to “fall in love with what we don’t know.” After all, the God we love actually knows what we don’t...and He wants us to trust Him in the unknown. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I admit it’s hard to have hope when things seem bleak, but I know I can trust You. I believe the potential of Your power outweighs any difficulty. I have faith that You will comfort me while I face the unknown. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.


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