Today I am participating in the blog carnival on “trust” that Bridget Chumbley is hosting. I am very excited to be a part of this blog carnival. Go and check out what others have written by clicking here. Now on to the subject at hand …
To me, faith and trust are synonymous. They go hand and hand. You can’t have one without the other. Over the last several weeks I have been reading Francis Chan’s book “Crazy Love” (Recently I wrote a post about one of the chapters that really challenged me here). I love the definition of faith that Chan gives in chapter seven. He says these challenging words: “Having faith often means doing what others see as crazy. Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers” (pg. 115). This is the example that we find in the bible. We see this demonstrated in the life of Abraham, Noah, the prophets, the disciples, the Early Church and many many other followers of Christ.
Sadly, as I take inventory of my life I realize that I have played it safe way too often. Instead of stepping out in faith I have chosen to hold back and to stay in the boat. The reality is that this is not living the life that God wants me (and you) to live. We are told in Hebrews 11:6 that “without faith it is impossible to please God.” God wants us to trust Him completely with EVERYTHING! Living in complete trust is NOT a comfortable place to live. In fact, it goes against everything that we have been taught. We are taught to live self-sufficient lives and to plan for everything. I love how Francis Chan puts it. He says: “We like finding refuge in what we already have rather than in what we hope God will provide … But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through” (pg. 123-124).
Here are some challenging questions that we must ask ourselves often: What am I doing right now that requires faith? What am I doing right now that if God doesn’t come through I will be in big trouble?