(CNSNews.com) – In a commencement speech at Liberty University, a private Christian university in Lynchburg, Va., New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings said Saturday that the “moral landscape of this world is quickly declining” and graduates will be “tested to have patience with Christ-like tolerance.”
Jennings said graduates are entering a different world than he did when he received his degree at Liberty.
“The moral landscape of this world is quickly declining. Throughout life, you will be tested to hold your biblical truth. You will be tested to have patience with Christ-like tolerance, and you will be tested to hold your spiritual fortitude and your convictions by the remembrance that it is by and for a Holy God that you stand or fall, and he can make you stand,” Jennings said.
The best is yet to come for Liberty graduates, but to experience the best days, “you must realize and remind yourself of the vital importance of walking by faith, for if you try to navigate this life by mere human sight, you will miss out on the many ways that God is seeking to lavish grace upon you,”
“Yet keep in mind that faith does not come without cost. In fact, the first three letters of the word faith are the exact same first three letters of another word that you will not be able to avoid. That word is failure,” Jennings said.
“I would be totally insincere if I did not remind you that somewhere along the lines, you will fail, but know failure sometimes is the cost of faith, because true faith is very risky,” he added.
“A sovereign God may even cause you to fail in some sort of way,” he said, “but I can assure you that it will not be for the sake of failure alone.
“Then what is he doing, you may ask yourself. He is preparing you for the next leg of your journey. He is teaching you if you’re willing to be taught, and he is carving a custom path only for you to follow by faith,” Jennings said.
“So don’t allow yourself to lose heart, because failure can do one of two things for you. It can either be the beginning of something good or it can be the beginning of something better. Faith makes failure the beginning of something better once you remember faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen,” he said.
“Know that God is pleased to have more in store for you if you trust in him. I am a living witness of that fact,” Jennings said.
“Christian author Robert C. Shannon writes, ‘It has been said that only man comprehends what he cannot see and believes what he cannot comprehend. Much of what we comprehend, we cannot see: atoms, germs, love, hate, loyalty, sacrifice. He who lives by sight lives poorly indeed. Faith is learning to live by insight rather than by sight,’” Jennings noted.
“Let me reiterate that one part: faith is learning to live by insight rather than by sight, and there is no better source in all of life than insight to the word of God,” Jennings said.