To pioneer, to develop your dreams, visions, ideas, and enterprise…you need faith. In fact, the Hebrew word for businessman is ohmein which translates to “Man of Faith.” To travel on a road you have never traveled before, you need faith. But faith begins with risk.
At some point, after you have talked the talk, your faith needs legs to walk…as the greats often say. If you are like me, you like to know exactly how things work. To develop our destiny, it helps to understand the logistics of faith. In this article, I explain simplistics; I share one of many logistics-expressions of faith.
Earlier, I wrote a story of how my tuition was paid. You can read In the beginning…here. Now, I answer the question – what is faith – by suggesting a definition that captures the essence and the logistics of faith which I learned from from God’s divine providence.
What then, is faith?
Faith begins with risk.
Risk the is the willingness to be “foolish”* for what you believe in (*willingness to look foolish before others)
Faith then, is the action* behind your willingness to be foolish for what and for the sake of who you believe in.
Faith with a little “f” means simply taking those risks. Think business risks. However, faith with a big “F” in addition to taking risks has its roots in God and his ability to engineer circumstances to work in our favor.
Faith is risk in action, but with a caveat – the belief that this faith will be rewarded with divine providence. It was “foolish” to think that in the midst of the obscurity, somewhere in the future, an insignificant probability could be turned into possibility. It was foolish to believe that this “voice” and the “dreams” (from my testimony) meant something, if at all anything useful. I had to be willing to be “foolish” – foolish enough to test that voice to find out if it was real and “foolish” enough to believe that divine providence was available if only I followed His unconventional guidance.
Taking risks is one of the major cornerstones of success in fulfilling our life’s purpose because it involves taking a risk to enter the crisis where our gifts are needed to bring solutions, healing, and peace. The basis of risk is simply the enthusiasm of trial and the willingness to be okay with error so that we can learn from the error and perfect the trial (trial and error). Rabbi Daniel Lapin wrote in his book, Business Secrets of the Bible,
“When an entrepreneur starts his business, he has no real proof that he will make money. Circumstances could change, a disaster could strike, a competitor could enter the market and create a better product. The entrepreneur does not know if he will make enough money for rent. It is precisely his faith that builds the platform for high risk, high reward“
It is all a risk to the entrepreneur, but he or she does it anyway. Hence the name ohneim in Hebrew which translates to man of faith.
I read a post on Facebook that said, “Chances are you hope for a better future.” Hope is only the beginning of faith. Risk is the price you are willing to pay. Faith, is the action that signs off on that document. For the student, his belief is that upon completion of college, he or she will find a good job. Getting a steady job is great. But who said they will be jobs?
If the platform for faith is destroyed, the capacity of any generation (as whole) to pioneer, build enterprises, do exploits, and innovate dwindles as a whole. This faith is a hope that if we work hard, all will be well. But, this faith is a subset, anchored in or supported by – The Faith – faith in God. We need active and traveling faith to develop and fulfill our purpose and turn inspired ideas into enterprises. We need faith to take major risks for what we believe. In most of these cases, the cost will make us look foolish, but our conviction will sustain the zeal and the results will be the proof.
This logistics explanation is just my explanation of what the bible in Hebrews describes faith to be. As it says, “Now, faith is the substance of things hoped; the evidence of things not seen (1).”
Question for You
You have been called to do great things. There are people you are meant to bless and influence. However, to do that, you need to walk by faith. To walk by faith, you need to take risks.
So, what are you willing to be look foolish for? What is the risk you need to take to make that correspondence, to at least start giving your dream a life of its own? (See The Need to bring your dreams to life).
Are you willing to be laughed at, be talked about, be alienated because you won’t give up on those inspired messages, dreams, visions, and ideas? Are you willing to risk your ego, your resources, and your time to find out if what you are inspired by is from heaven? Are willing to risk it just to find out if this is really him?
After all, in doing so, in “looking foolish” and in taking risk, believing in God’s support, the pioneers of faith did memorable exploits. As it says,
“Through faith, they fought whole countries and won. They did what was right and received what God had promised. They shut the mouths of lions, put of fierce fires, escaped being killed by the sword. They were weak, but became strong; they were mighty in battle and defeated the armies of foreigners. Through faith women received their dead relatives raised back to life. Others refusing to accept freedom, died under torture in order to be raised to a better life. Some were mocked and whipped, and others were put in chains and taken off to prison. They were stoned…(2)”
So, from a friend to a friend, I can tell you that its not bad when you look “foolish” for the sake of what you are believing for and in Whom (God) you in believe in. Its really not that bad. Actually, its fun. Be encouraged.
- Hear His word
- Discern those nudges of God’s Spirit: They won’t always make sense. If anything, they don’t. His ways are quite unconventional
- Test them by taking a risk to find out if its really Him: That might be the open door to bringing those inspired visions and ideas to life. If its important to you to do what he put you on earth to do, you just have to find out even if you discover at the end its not him. You will learn something great and he will still reward you for trying.
Let me know how it goes.
I look forward to reading your thoughts, comments, and concerns. We are family.
I wish you a week full of good health and prosperity.
Notes: (1) Hebrews 11:1, (2) Hebrews 11:33-40, (3) Cover picture retrieved from http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tightrope_walking