Today we have a great word from WCC member Jesse Weeks. Enjoy!
Digging deeper into Mark 11:22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.
A lot of people find it impossible to think about faith without thinking about trust. So often we mix the two in conversation that we confuse ourselves and others about their true meaning. They are distinctly different, but also closely related.
Faith is a noun. It’s something we have, this knowing of Him in our head (knowledge) and in our heart (beliefs) is the substance, our evidence of Him. As Hebrews 11:1 tells us “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” ESV. Then we find the same verse paraphrased in The Message, “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.” Faith says I know and I believe, but faith is not trust.
Trust is a verb, it’s something we do. Trust is faith in action. Faith says “He can”, trust says “He is and I will think and act accordingly.” So although different, they go hand in hand.
I’m reminded of my career as a teacher and coach in public schools, and my overlapping career as a PGA golf professional. The success of a football team depends upon each player developing his skills through practice and repetition so that he can have faith in his ability to contribute his part to each play. His teammates see him in practice and develop the same faith in him as well. Game time comes and they trust each other to do their individual part and this bolsters their spirit on every play. The trust in themselves and each other gives them confidence. On a more individualized stage, the competitive golfer practices and hones his or her playing skills in order to develop the faith in their abilities. With every shot in competition that would normally induce tremendous pressure and anxiety, he or she simply trusts their abilities and thus avoids the pressure and has a better chance of success.
How many times, since time began, have we seen God provide for those of faith that simply trust Him to do so? It should be far easier to have faith in God; there are unbelievers who have this. It’s a lot more difficult to exercise trust in Him. We should take David’s advice in Psalm 56:3, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you."