Faith and Trust. Kindred cousins.
Without faith it is impossible to please God… Heb. 11:6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart… Prov. 3:5
The problem is that we often don’t have faith. And we often don’t trust. So we plan and organize and worry and fret. We may even manipulate and stress and coordinate and try to figure things out. I will this. I will that.
Someone else did that too. Lucifer. Satan. The Devil. (Ouch!)
He said to himself, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will set up my throne above the stars of God. I will sit on the mount of the gods’ assembly, in the remotest parts of the North. I will ascend above the highest clouds; I will make myself like the Most High…” Isaiah 14:13-14 I’ll do this. I’ll do that. He was planning. He was manipulating. He was coordinating. He was fretting, because he wasn’t God, but he wanted to be LIKE God. Well, he wanted TO BE GOD. He wanted to be in control, numero uno, Top Dog. And that didn’t end well…
So we’re at a crossroads… in times of uncertainty or anxiety. In times of trial or difficulty. It times of fear and disappointment. Will we hang out with our cousins, faith and trust? Or will we try to be like God? Be the one in control? Call the shots? When we try to figure all the “stuff” out on our own, we are trying to be like God. There can only be one Top Dog – who would you rather have in that spot, you or God?
There is a better way.
That your faith might not be based on men’s wisdom (our own wisdom), but on God’s power. 1 Cor. 2:5
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Heb. 10:22-23
TrustThose who know Your name trust in You because You have not abandoned those who seek You, Yahweh. Psalm 9:10
Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust… Psalm 40:4
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped. Psalm 28:7
What this looks like:
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom 10:17 Increase your faith by spending time in His word. Learn it. Memorize it. Meditate on it so when “stuff” comes up, His word will come to mind, encouraging you to let God be God. To trust. To have faith. Because He is Faithful and Trustworthy!