There are many things in everyday life we don’t fully understand, yet we know they are reality because we can see the way they work. One little boy always wanted to know what the wind was. His eyes lit up every time he saw sailors letting out the sails on their ships, but he didn’t know why they did it. So one day, the child asked an old sailor, “What is wind?”

The sailor said, “I don’t know, Son. All I know is how to set a sail.”

The old sailor might not have known what the wind was, but he sure knew what it did. That’s why he set the sails. In the same way, Christians don’t have to know all there is to know about faith in God; they just have to know what faith does so they can set their sails. God will send the wind when He’s ready.

Faith is power. It is strong enough to move the hand of God. Faith doesn’t have to have all the answers before it can work. It sees what is invisible, does what is impossible, and believes what is unbelievable. We don’t have to know how faith works; we just have to know that it works so we will put it to work in our lives. When we choose to rest our faith in God, He will show us He is trustworthy, and He will not fail us.

Maybe you can’t understand the role faith in God plays in your job search, health condition, relationships, witnessing opportunities, or life in general. I can assure you faith plays a greater role in these areas than you think. You don’t have to completely understand everything there is to know about it, but God does want you to put faith into practice. Trust Him as you work; trust Him as you wait. Trust Him everywhere, at all times, and in all things, and see if He won’t take care of you.

You don’t have to understand what wind is: just set your sails, and it will come.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder