Our hope and faith can falter when facing and experiencing real life fears.
Abraham struggled with hope while waiting for a son. That's why he was prepared to to have a son by Hagar, his wife's slave.
Likewise Godeon's hope seemed to buckle when faced with his feelings. "How can I save Israel? ...I am the least in my family.”
Jeremiah knew the pain and struggle of remaining in hope. In Lamentations 3 Jeremiah lays bare the struggles that confronted him when he says, "I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me."