Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
The debate continues to rage even as the President honored more war dead returning from the country of Afghanistan last night. For months, the General in charge there has made known that if we want to succeed in Afghanistan, we’re going to need a lot more troops to do it. The administration has been pondering the move and trying to determine if we should commit more U.S. servicemen and women to a war that has just seen October become the deadliest month since the eight-year war began. Many accuse the President and his administration of taking too long to come to a decision on this matter.
This argument about how fast the decision should be made or how thoughtful and how much time we should take to make this decision is an age-old leadership issue. I talk endlessly with my cadets at school about the leadership traits of “judgment” and “decisiveness.” One term speaks to the quality of the decision and the other speaks to the speed with which the decision is made. I ask my cadets, which one is more important? If they learn nothing else during their tour in the ROTC program, they learn that the answer to this question is always, “it depends.”
For the current administration and for us personally, we would do well to understand that regardless of how long it takes us to make a decision, there will always be things we don’t know. That’s why at some point, our friend, “faith” enters the picture. I’m not necessarily talking about faith in Jesus Christ, but I am talking about the biblical definition of the word. That definition presupposes that there are some things that you can’t see or know and so you simply hope for them. That’s why we sometimes wait too long when making decisions thinking that we soon will know everything.
Today, don’t wait for more information about what Jesus wants from you. He simply wants to use you to bring glory to Himself. Any decision you make with that in mind and with that as your goal will ultimately be a good one.
Faith for Christians should be easy. We don’t need to know it all, have it all or see it all, we simply need to trust God with the end, but I guess that’s what makes faith so hard.