The Walk of Faith

Now Faith is the substance of the things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1).

The writer of Hebrews teaches us that “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). It is therefore imperative to grasp a proper understanding of the subject of faith and how to walk by faith to enjoy the inherent blessings in the kingdom of God. I am not oblivious of the challenges we face as a nation or people, however to possess our possessions, understanding is needed, because it is the pathway to an outstanding life.

A very interesting lesson can be learnt in our walk of faith from the second chapter of the book of Joshua. The man of God sent two spies to Jericho, and they arrived there in the house of a harlot called Rahab who hid them from her kinsmen. She demonstrated a peculiar understanding of the true meaning of faith with her confessions.

“And she said unto the men, I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.” (Joshua 2:9).

It is imperative to state that no fight had taken place, neither were troops mobilised by the Jews, hence there was no reason for the fear or disposition of Rahab. However she wasn’t operating under the natural law and could therefor see beyond the reality on ground, albeit no sword had been lifted. It is also pertinent to state that faith is not a passive force, hence there must be a corresponding action to energise our confessions; therefore it wasn’t out of place when she made the spies to vow not to destroy her household in the impending onslaught on the city.

“Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the LORD, since I have shown you kindness, that you will also show kindness to my father’s house, and give me a true token, and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.” (Joshua 2:12, 13).

“…With the lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”. – (2 Peter 3:8).

God is not making a literal comparison of the time zones of heaven and earth, neither is He trying to calculate the years from the Adamic dispensation to the present era. God wants us to understand He doesn’t function in the realm of time, because He is the creator of it. The manifestation of God takes place in the supernatural where time is suspended. It is the process by which miracles and healings are birthed. Time is suspended to achieve that.

I am certain you have heard often ‘seeing is believing’, however in the kingdom of God ‘believing is seeing’. Mark agrees with that assertion when he said “When ye pray believe ye receive and ye shall have.” (Mark 11:24).

“And blessed is she that believeth: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45).

Manifestation doesn’t precede believing, it’s your belief that grants you access to your petitions. I understand it’s not easy, however nothing good comes easy. Faith has the capacity to see the destination of the journey before it is embarked upon.

Several years ago I attended a wedding ceremony at Ile-ife, Osun state. At the reception ground, I saw an Ifa priest contracted to ward off any unassuming rain – this is quite rampant in some parts of the country. I observed gently from the next table how he chanted around a heap of dried leaves, which were burning mildly. After some few minutes he sat beside my table to attend to his meal of Eba with Efo riro and a Legend stout. However things took a different dimension when the clouds became heavy and it began to drizzle; I was anxious to see how things would unfold and the thought of a failed mission filled my heart. I thought to myself ‘his juju has failed him’, however with a confidence that stood solid like Olumo rock in Abeokuta, he was unpertubed. In fact he didn’t look at the sky, neither did he blink an eyelid over the ‘impending torrent’. He focused on his meal and devoured it with passion. I couldn’t believe his disposition and to my dismay, after about 10 minutes the sky became clear as a crystal. I was really moved by the faith of the priest in his god. I said to myself ‘if this man can have so much faith in his god, how much more should Christians have in the Most High God.’ Indeed we walk by faith and not by sight.