When It Comes to God, Faith and Trust Go Hand In Hand!
Trust is freeing. When we trust we believe that those we love will do what they promise. And our faith in them builds when they do. If we have a problem in the middle of the night, faithful friends can be counted on to get up and help. If we feel we’re sinking under the weight of difficulties, loyal friends give kind and considerate answers. And when we ask for forgiveness and understanding, we trust friends to offer that support. Trust surely proclaims the promises faith generates. It works the same with faith in Jesus. Jesus calls us to follow Him in friendship. As a loving friend, Jesus makes good on all His promises. We need only trust in His words.
We do this when we fall off our path, losing our way. We glance upward, knowing Jesus waits to lead our way, and soon the light shines anew.
Or those times we speak hurtful words to those we love, forgetting all the good deeds Jesus does for us. Once we remember Jesus’ words of forgiveness and mercy, we get up, and try again. We remember then that Jesus never forgets us.
When trust like this floods our hearts, we rise up and start anew. Trust helps us remember what Jesus declares by His actions. It is this trust in Jesus’ promises that fashions a far deeper faith.
Our trust and faith also frees us from life’s fears and anxiety; making us “doers” in life rather than life’s “spectators.” With faith in Jesus strong, and trust in His promises flourishing, we see more clearly what our time on earth is - “loving God in this world to be with God in the next.“ We now better appreciate God’s love for us, and our love for God. And so when it comes to God, and our love for Him, trust and faith do go hand in hand.