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Faith vs. Trust
Theology

Faith vs. Trust

Posted by Regi Campbell on July 8, 2019

As I spoke with a friend the other day, these words came out of my mouth . . .

“I’m leaning hard on my faith.”

I paused and thought. “Man, that puts a lot of pressure on my faith,” which, in a way, puts a lot of pressure on me. I don’t know about you, but my faith waxes and wanes. Not my belief mind you . . . but my faith. When I hear God’s voice and see Him moving, my faith is strong. But when things get dark and dry and God goes silent, my faith gets quiet and distant and weak.

I don’t think this is weird . . . I think it’s human. Every significant Biblical character (except Jesus and John the Baptist) had this happen. Moments of triumphant faith followed by failure and compromise due to weakness of faith.

A lot of people get confused when their faith in God rides on a specific outcome. When that outcome doesn’t happen, they get angry and decide God isn’t for them. Enduring faith must be grounded in the always-good, always-loving God of the universe and can’t be contingent on Him giving us what we want in the short-term.

Hebrews 11:1 contains the traditional Scriptural definition of faith . . .

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Thus, faith is a prospective thing. It’s about things hoped for that haven’t yet come into being or view.

On the other hand, trust is the “firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.” Trust becomes rock-solid through performance over time. Experience. Track record. Trust begins as prospective. The first time someone drove across the Golden Gate Bridge, I’m sure they trusted it but probably had sweaty palms. But after something or someone comes through over and over and over, trust grows strong. Total. Because it’s built on history.

Anti-religion writer Nolan Dolla . . .

“Faith has been called ‘the substance of hope.’ Faith requires no evidence for belief nor practice. The very nature of faith surmises that tangible evidence doesn’t exist. Otherwise, there is a manifestation. On the other hand, trust is based largely on evidence that is real according to the senses and to human reason. Trust is the core conviction of judgment based on knowledge, instinct, and experience.”

My trust in Jesus is a “core conviction of judgment based on knowledge, instinct, and experience.” Stronger than faith. More confident than hope alone. He’s been there with me and for me. He has never failed and never will.

Scripture: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5)

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Responses (2)

Eddie Anderson
Eddie Anderson Posted: July 8, 2019, 10:26 am

I don’t believe the writer of Hebrews wants us to separate faith, trust, belief, and hope in 11:1. This kind of hope, I believe, is more than wishful thinking. “Faith IS the evidence of things we cannot see.” I believe it was JD Greear I was listening to recently who made this comment: “Can I trust God with the things (and circumstances) I don’t understand, based on the truth of the things He has revealed to me, that I do understand?” Also considering James Chapter 2, faith without works is dead, my conviction is that the faith described in Hebrews 11 can be explained as “acting on what I believe and accept to be true, even though I cannot yet see the evidence.” Hope is the confident belief and trust in God that what He says is true. Faith is acting on that hope. I act based on what I believe deeply. Now back to your point. Do I always have this kind of faith? No. That is a journey with no destination on this earth. We continue to grow but never reach completion while in this earthly body.


Lawrence
Lawrence Posted: July 8, 2019, 12:08 pm

Thanky ou Regi for your words on faith & trust. I will trust Jesus to strengthen my faith today.


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