Do you trust God enough? How much is enough? How can I demonstrate my trust? Some people have what is commonly referred to as “trust issues.” Is that you? Are there degrees of trust? In order to examine that, we need to better understand how the word trust can be interpreted.
Is there a difference between having trust and having faith? According to Webster’s. Trust, belief, conviction, confidence, dependence and reliance are interchangeable. But are they? From a worldly perspective, that may be true. But from a Godly perspective, there are differences.
Trust Is A Verb
Trust is a verb. It is something you do or act upon. Trust is never guaranteed. It is a willful choice, a deliberate action, and can only grow out of your faith. It can be defined as assured reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something. If we place our confidence in someone, we trust them, even with our vulnerabilities. Trust can only grow when planted in healthy soil. When this person is consistent, constant, caring and honest, trust develops.
We also trust in happenings or things based on experience and knowledge. We can trust that something will go a certain way, because that’s how it always happens. I trust the sun will shine above me at noon tomorrow, whether I see it through the clouds or not. Past data and experience provides this level of trust.
We depend on the trust we’ve developed without fear of being let down. Trust is a choice which grows based on experience. It is required if we are to believe that even heartache, loss and disappointments in life are part of God’s will for us. It takes trust and faith to understand this when you’re in the valley. The key requirements for trust are assurance, confidence and commitment without fear.
Faith is A Noun
Faith is a noun. It can also be defined as something that is believed with especially strong conviction. It’s a firm belief in something for which there is no proof. It is something you have or possess, a “substance” or “evidence” of things both hoped for and not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Faith in God is the confident belief that He is the sovereign Creator of all things and that He can and will do what He promises.
Belief, trust in and loyalty to God is a demonstration of faith. Faith is total, complete, deliberate and unwavering trust. If you don’t trust someone, then how can you have faith in someone?
We live in a society of distrust and disbelief, which is learned behavior. How difficult is it to have trust and faith in God when we can’t even trust our fellow man who we can see, touch, and interact with? It’s not easy, but we weren’t promised easy. Heroes of the faith like Abraham, Joseph, David, and Noah (to name a few) all chose to trust in God, despite the circumstances.
There are consequences to not trusting. Moses lost the chance to enter the promised land because he lacked enough trust in God (Numbers 20:12). We see this over and over in scripture. It’s a simple IF/THEN principle. If you trust, then this will happen. But it is still a choice that one must make.
Who is The Object of Your Faith?
We can have faith in a person’s abilities to accomplish something. But as human beings we often put our trust in our own personal resources, efforts, people, or things you think that you control. That’s when we end up on a slippery slope.
I encourage you to make the choice to trust in God because He is true to his promises, He doesn’t lie, He provides hope and He is faithful. As we choose to trust in Him each and every minute and in every situation, our faith grows. As our faith grows, trust comes easier. As we trust more, our faith grows more . . . and the cycle continues.
Trust is faith in action. It is the manifestation of our faith in our thoughts and actions. While faith says “He can…”, trust says “He is… .”
It is far easier to have faith in God; there are unbelievers who have this. It is a lot harder to exercise trust in Him. Please prayerfully consider trusting in and acting upon God’s promises.
Jeremiah 29:11 reads:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
You might be surprised at how many people don’t know this or have lost faith in God’s word because harm has come to them or to someone they love. They have lost hope and are fearful about the future. These feelings are very common when going through a health crisis. Sometimes the crisis is caused by an unexpected and life threatening diagnosis. Sometimes a child is born with a deficiency that requires special care and equipment.
Perhaps a tragic car accident results in a life or death situation. Medical service providers have been known to request a substantial down payment before performing a critical surgery. Families may not be able to afford health insurance premiums or may have extremely high deductibles that simply can’t be met quickly enough.
Bringing Hope and Help
All Things Possible Ministries unites the community to bring (financial) help and renewed hope to families going through a medical crisis. We can often step in where insurance and Medicaid leaves off. Our goal is to relieve the financial burden and accompanying stress that these patients and their families face during an unexpected and life threatening medical situation.
Their focus should be on getting better, not deciding whether to make the car payment so they don’t lose their means transportation or pay for special equipment for their child whose life could be better and safer if only…
If after reading this you feel a tugging on your heart and choose to trust that nudge from the Lord, then please become a part of the solution for these families in need, by becoming a partner of All Things Possible Ministries. There are many forms and shapes that can take. Please contact me for additional information on volunteering, donating, or consulting opportunities. Lisa Sexton, Executive Director, 803-389-4108 or email: Lisa@AllThingsPossible.org.
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