One of my sons taught me an important lesson about faith this morning. While I was shaving in the bathroom, my oldest son told me that he needed money to take the train to New York and to have lunch while he was there. After we negotiated the amount that he needed, I agreed to fund his venture of the day. I was sure that he would come back into the bathroom where I was shaving to confirm our agreement. But contrary to my expectations, I received a text message about 20 minutes later informing me that he was almost at the train station and that he would need the money that I had promised to get on the train in a few minutes. Besides wondering how my dad would have responded had I left the house without saying goodbye, I appreciated the lesson my son had taught me about faith.
In his 21 year old mind the commitment that I had made to him required no further discussion. Without having the any of the money that I had agreed to provide my son had gotten dressed, left the house and made his way to the train station. He was so sure that I would keep my word that he proceeded with his plans as if he had already received the cash. That is what I call faith.
Faith is when we proceed with our plans without any empirical evidence that our plans are possible. But our belief that our plans have Divine gained the approval and that they represent exactly what we should be doing with our lives should propel us into the execution of our plans even before we have what we need to accomplish our goals.
At church I have been speaking all this month about getting to the next level. I wasn’t quite sure what that meant for my own life but I was committed to getting to the next level myself even as I served my members. Little did I know when I ventured into uncharted teaching territory that it would be my younger cousin who would contribute to my work and take me to my next level.
Faith is having the capacity to take action even before knowing that the action will yield results. Faith is setting goals even though present circumstances suggest that nothing better will ever happen. Faith is forging into the future although everything about the past argues against it.
Some people have challenged me about having faith in God. Sometimes they will say “How do you know there is a God?” In response I will say, “How do you know there is not a God?” Faith is choosing to believe what you believe even if it makes no sense to others.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” Adam Clayton Powell was famous for saying “Keep the Faith, baby.” Keep the Faith!