The Audacity of Faith and Hope

There are so many causes in this world looking for a breed of people who have two qualities – faith and hope. Yes just two things! History is replete with men and women who embraced faith and hope to accomplish great things. Who is going to champion the cause of millions in Africa dying from treatable diseases; the cause of millions of AIDS sufferers around the world; the children growing up in DRC who have never known peace from the cradle; the global warming scourge; senseless wars; millions of street children….the list is endless. Daunting? Yes. Insurmountable? No. A few weeks ago I wrote on “Wanted: Revolutionaries and Champions”. The call is still pending and grows louder each day. The needs of the hour place a demand on us to think intently about what contributions we can make. There is a higher call on all of us to be an answer to some of the global social, economic and political human conditions. That journey starts in our homes, workplaces, churches, communities, villages, hamlets, counties, nations. Yes we can!

Is There No Cause?

Many years ago in ancient Israel, there used to be a giant named Goliath of Gath who was the champion of the Philistines. Israel was at war with the Philistines and had no chance against the Goliath led army. Just before one of the epic duels, a young shepherd boy named David went to the battlefield to give his older brothers some food. David asked some soldiers standing nearby, “What will a man get for killing this guy (Goliath) and stopping him from insulting our people? Who does that worthless Philistine think he is?

David’s oldest brother Eliab heard him talking with the soldiers. Eliab was angry at him and said, “What are you doing here, anyway? Who’s taking care of that little flock of sheep out in the desert? You spoiled brat! You came here just to watch the fighting, didn’t you?” “Now what have I done?” David answered. “Is there no cause?” With those few words David stepped into the ring to fight the mighty Goliath and defeated him. Goliath was a dominant juggernaut of a warrior whereas David was just a boy who had never tasted combat but had the audacity to fight for a greater cause. Yes he could!

Audacity of Faith

There are some key lessons from this story: the audacity of faith and the audacity of hope. David was audacious in the faith that he could defeat Goliath. He equally audaciously hoped that Israel could be freed from the bondage of Philistines. This gave him the strength to fight Goliath. Faith is a life beyond the physical. It is the evidence of unseen realities. It is looking beyond your present condition and limitations. It is the connection between the physical and the spiritual. It catapults you into the realm of divine possibility.

Faith demonstrates to the eye of the mind the reality of those things that cannot be discerned by the eye of the body. David did not look at his small frame or lack of experience. He had the audacity of faith. This means believing you can do it against the odds. The idea that faith is ‘blind’ is stupid as well as dangerous. Faith must be based on clear convictions. It is more than positive thinking, but is principle driven based on a clear consciousness of who you are, how you are wired and what your Creator says about you. Yes you can!

Audacity of Hope

What is hope? It is the expected future which the eye of faith has seen in the land of hope ahead. It is an aspirational end state for tomorrow. Without hope for tomorrow you lack strength for today. Let me once again take some lessons from the man of the moment, Barack Obama. Way back in 2004, he galvanised the Democrats and indeed gave Americans hope by a moving speech when he said:

“Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope? I’m not talking about blind optimism here — No, I’m talking about something more substantial. It’s the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs; the hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores; the hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the Mekong Delta; the hope of a millworker’s son who dares to defy the odds; the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too. Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope

He prophesied upon himself – ‘…the skinny kid with a funny name…’ has become the President of America. This is the audacity of hope. You see it in your spirit before it manifests in the physical. The present reality might make it seem like a dream, even impossible, but with faith and hope the dream will reach the shores. Hope accomplishes for the soul the same thing which an anchor does for a ship. An anchor preserves a ship when the waves beat and the wind blows, and as long as the anchor holds, so long the ship is safe.

With the anchor of hope hooked to the cable of faith, you can get there. Yes you can!

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