Do you trust God? Before you answer too quickly, do you realize you have been given a measure of faith (Rm. 12:3)? Yes, I’m sure you do.
But what about trust?
Trust isn’t something given. Trust is something that you develop.
I’m sure you are familiar with the famous verse in Hebrews 11:6: “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” The author of this great chapter and its all-stars lets us know up front that faith is essential in the Christian life. But not only is faith more important than simply believing, trusting God is more challenging yet.
Faith is confidence in God and in His ability. Therefore, faith that is tested intensely becomes trust once the test is passed.
Under tough conditions, faith and trust are ripped from the realm of religious terminology and placed alongside courage, determination, and perseverance. In Hebrews eleven, this meant torture, death, martyrdom, and disappointment.
I don’t subscribe to the concept of “blind faith.” Faith may find itself in a maze or being buffeted with ferocity, but I disagree with the picture of helpless, meaningless, blind faith. Faith doesn’t look at circumstances to acquire a heading. Faith looks at its object, the Lord Jesus Christ.
That sounds nice, religious, and unrealistic, doesn’t it? What does faith forged into trust and focused on its object look like?
This is the subject of Part 2.