Trust is one of those words we often throw into a conversation when we’re uncertain about the future. It’s a great word. It can mean belief, hope, conviction, expectation, dependence, to depend on, to count on, or to be sure about. you get the idea of the depth of this amazing word. In the New Testament “trust” and “faith” are used interchangeably. Unfortunately, I’ve been guilty of using the word superficially. I’ve said things like, “I guess I need to trust more” or “You need more faith.” The statement is often true, but sometimes only half-believed…until it’s tested.
Jesus’ harshest remarks to his own disciples were reserved for the times when they didn’t trust and their faith was tested. Matthew 8:26 – And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. Matthew 17:20 – He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 14:31 – Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Don’t beat up the disciples too much. They had been with Jesus but didn’t yet have His indwelling Spirit in their lives. Their trust became rock solid as they depended on the Holy Spirit to lead and direct their lives throughout the Book of Acts.
Here’s what I’m learning. It’s a rather sobering thing when trust is all you have. Trust is the only thing that “fills the gap” between what is and what will be. When we “lean into” trusting God when our future is uncertain, it’s at those times when we grow the most, learn the most, and do the most for God and His Kingdom. One more thing. It’s also when our fear is reduced and replaced with confidence.