Monday, January 16, 2012

Trust & Faith

A friend recently asked me to provide feedback on the words trust & faith. To me, these words go hand-in-hand when speaking of my relationship with God. However, I decided to delve into this a little more.

When researching these words, on Merriam-Webster Online, I found the following meanings:

• Trust: a : assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something b : one in which confidence is placed

• Faith: a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust

Faith is the complete trust in the confidence we’ve placed in God (faith); so how can we have one without the other? To me, it’s not possible. The definition of faith includes trust!

Many times we allow our faith to waver, but in other words, our trust is changing---most times, this trust is placed in the wrong things or people. For instance, we get up each morning (by God’s grace), go on our way, & for most of us go into jobs. All of these things are possible because of our trust in God, which in turn, is our faith in action. However, when things overwhelm us, our trust shifts & wavers; it can go from God to our stresses at work to the people around us to more. We must stay focused!!

Our faith is what we have to get us from day to day---knowing that God has it all under control. I must admit, the human-side of us does get in the way, but don’t let it stay in the way.

Don’t allow your faith to waver because your trust is shifting, wavering, etc. At these times, the opportunity presents itself for you (& I) to do an evaluation regarding who our complete trust is in.

Faith = Complete Trust. Trust = Confidence in God. Trust & Faith together is complete confidence in God.

Where are your faith & trust? Who is your faith & trust in?

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2012


SoSerene said...

Very good topic to discuss when many of us are facing so many challenges in life. My Pastor said once that we exhibit faith without even knowing it. When you sit in a chair, you don't debate about whether it can support your weight. You just have faith and sit down in it :)

~Lisi P. said...

Amen!! My Pastor says the same thing about the chair!

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