BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#107 - "What Faith Can Do" by Kutless
Jon Micah Sumrall, lead singer of Kutless, speaks with NRT's Kevin Davis about their hit song, "What Faith Can Do."
 


It Is Well is the follow-up album to Kutless' amazing worship album, Strong Tower. The new worship project, It Is Well, is a perfect blend of well-known worship songs mixed in with some fresh new originals. The heart of worship is something the band as a whole is very in tune with and love bringing that to the forefront, sharing and coming together as one to give glory to God. With the new album, the audience will be able to sing along to the classics as well as add some new favorites into their time of worship.

I got the chance to speak with Kutless' lead singer, Jon Micah Sumrall, about their #1 hit song ďWhat Faith Can Do.Ē You can listen to our entire interview here.

Please tell me about the message behind the song "What Faith Can Do."

That song seems to be an example of touching people and us as a band in the ďright place at the right time.Ē The song is all about putting all of our hope and trust in God, and the song is encouraging to us as a band. Weíve had some crazy things happen to us this past year, and the song reminds me of that picture of the two sets of footprints in the sand and when there is only one set of footprints, thatís when Jesus is carrying us. "What Can Faith Do" has become an inspirational banner song for anyone who has been struggling with major battles or life issues. It's been a huge success, and we felt very blessed when we heard stories about how the message has impacted people's lives.

Do you have a life verse or any Bible verses you used when writing this song?

My life verse is Psalm 37:4: Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

The song is based on Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

The song is also based on Matthew 11:28-30: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

What's the take-away message for listeners?

ďWhat Faith Can DoĒ reminds believers that God is always here. Never forget that. In times of great happiness or great struggle, He remains faithful. Remain faithful to Him. Turn to Him and believe that nothing is impossible with God. That's what faith can do. The take-away message is to know that God cares for you personally and that He wants a personal relationship with each and every one of us. For believers, the song is a reminder about making a faithful commitment to live with the kind of faith that God calls each of us to have.

Here are the lyrics:

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think itís more than you can take
But you are stronger, stronger than you know
Donít you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

Iíve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesnít ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And Iíve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
Thatís what faith can do

It doesnít matter what youíve heard
Impossible is not a word
Itís just a reason for someone not to try
Everybodyís scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
Itíll be alright
Life is so much more
Than just what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

Iíve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesnít ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And Iíve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
Thatís what faith can do

Overcome the odds
You do have a chance
(Thatís what faith can do)
When the world says you canít
Itíll tell you that you can!

Iíve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesnít ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And Iíve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
Thatís what faith can do
Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise


When I had the privilege to hear Kutless perform this song live with Casting Crowns (see my concert review), Sumrall shared: "This song has had an amazing response. I get e-mails saying that the song is reminding people to hold onto their faith. We serve a God who is much bigger than our struggles. What would your life look like if everything was taken away in this moment? Would Jesus be enough?"

Additionally, Sumrall quoted Corrie Ten Boom: "When we are powerless to do anything, it is a great joy that we can come and step inside the ability of Jesus.Ē

This is an amazing song, which really reflects the joy we receive when we donít rely on our own understanding. But instead, we fully submit ourselves to faithfulness and trust in the ability of Jesus to lift us up, no matter what our circumstances may be.

Kevin Davis is a long time fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. Kevin also writes reviews for ChristianMusicReview.org. He currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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