If you’ve ever been out on a lake or the ocean, you’ll know that there are certain areas called no-wake zones. In these areas, the water is supposed to stay as calm as possible, with no big waves or choppy water.
Faith isn’t a no-wake zone. The purpose of our lives is to fulfill the mission that God has given to us, and that means leaving a great wake in our path. Warriors don’t try to live their lives quietly, so that no one will see them. Instead, they make waves so that everyone who sees their wake will hear about who God is and what He has done for them.
Hebrews 11:6 says, “It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” A heart that seeks God is one that has faith in what He tells us.
Great warriors will always believe what God says over the adversity that they face. The Bible is full of examples of people who kept their faith in what God had told them, even in the face of extreme adversity: Joshua, Noah, David, Esther, Daniel, and more. (You can read about some of their stories in Hebrews 11.) Even when their circumstances said otherwise, these people all knew that what God had in store was so much better than anything anyone else could give.
We will always have adversity, challenges, and obstacles in our lives, and some of them will be tragic or horrific. But having faith means we know that, despite whatever our circumstances are, and despite wherever on the journey we are, God is still who He says He is. He isn’t defined by our current situation.
Faith means that we have confidence that what we hope for will actually happen (Hebrews 11:1), and it can have incredible action when we put it in the right thing. It’s not something you just say you have, but something that you live your life by.
You can put your faith in anything, but warriors place their faith only in God and what He has said. Instead of having faith in those things, put them to work for God’s glory. Things like money, talents, material items, and knowledge can ruin us if we put all of our hope, trust, and faith in them, but by using what God has given us for Him and His plan, we can create waves with our lives that will last for all eternity.