Now faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11: 1 KJV
A few months ago, I wrote a programme titled “By Faith…”. I had come across a song on Youtube by the same name and was determined to use it in a programme. Having just become a part of a team of diverse ministers, I compiled a list of songs and got to work on a play to highlight the power of faith.
Little did I know that with each twist and turn that I added to the plot, Satan placed another obstacle in our path. It got to the point where almost every member of the group had to overcome a trial just so we could take part in the programme. I started to think that maybe it wasn’t meant to be; that I, per usual, was just, in Jamaican parlance, being too nuff for my own good. I had involved my friends in something that was making them a target to Satan. I was riddled with guilt. I kept thinking that if I hadn’t had this marvelous idea, all this could have been avoid.
So much for faith huh? The girl who had sat down for 3 months to write a 7 scene play about faith in God, was giving up just like that. I was ready to tell my friends thanks but nevermind and cancel the programme. That would surely have made things better right?
So consumed by worry and disappointment, it took my friends to remind me in only 2 words that trials pass. “By Faith…”; the song that had echoed in my mind for months, mingled with the words of Hebrews 11 vs 1 and the content of my script, caused me to remember that faith is substance.
How is faith substance? I mean, you can’t hold it, touch it, smell it, see it, or taste it. You might hear it in someone’s tone, but that’s about it. Yet, Paul says faith is substance ( the ‘the’ in this case is irrelevant). How can that be explained? Say, for example, a big wall needs to be destroyed, but you see no bulldozer there. If you had seen a bulldozer you’d be confident in the destruction of the wall. Further more, you see no explosives or battering rams or any such thing. What then will destroy the wall? Faith; the belief that it will come down.
I don’t mean faith is going to walk up to the wall and hit it down, but the belief that it will come down will lead to its ultimate destruction. Keep in mind though that faith without works is dead. So what do you do, you pick up a phone maybe and start calling. You check everywhere that might help you take the wall down. Maybe you end up with a bulldozer from a construction company, some dynamite from a fireworks company or an army of workers from your community. Who knows, maybe you get on your knees and pray to the God of the faithful, who brings the wall down with a massive earthquake.
Faith is substance because it makes things happen (according to the will of God of course). We can’t just sit back with our arms folded, refusing to believe in anything. We have to move out in faith, because faith bring results.
P.S. We walk by faith and not by sight.