I have been taught that no two words are exactly the same in the English language, they may be synonyms but contextual differences usually draw the dichotomy. “Believe” and “Faith” may be synonyms but are not one and the same thing neither is “Trust” same with any of the mentioned words.
Trust is a belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest and effective. It is assured reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something; it also means to depend on something; trustworthiness.
I will glide with the second part of the definition; “It is assured reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something. It also means to depend on something; trustworthiness. ” Trust is not built in a day; it is consistency and having a history of faithfulness and fidelity that is unyielding.
Trust is not empty neither is it predicated on nothing. There must be something to trust in or on, either tangible or intangible. That which is trusted must be of character, either good or bad. I have heard from a friend that in a relationship, trust is more important than love, perhaps because even the evil in some people is enough drive to ensure that they carry out certain acts. The devil for instance, you can trust that he will assault any spoken word of God unto us, every great destiny and attempted walk with God or redemption of humanity will never enjoy a free and safe ride void of assaults; you can trust that from the devil, moreover, he has a rich history pedigree of such.
“47 I will show you what someone is like who comes to Me, hears My words, and acts on them: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the river crashed against that house and couldn’t shake it, because it was well built.”
Luke 6: 47- 48.
“When the flood came” means for certain, the flood would come. Every spoken word will be countered by the devil.
Everyone and everything that demands trust must surely have a pedigree or history of fidelity and immutability upon which the trustee is asked to bank and anchor on.
To trust is not as easy and simple as it seems, this is truth undisputed. The fallen man’s nature makes him sensual over and over more times than spiritual. Man is more inclined to listen and abide by what he can relate to using his five senses; the ear, nose, tongue, skin, eye and skin. This explains why many times, man tends to be rebellious. Have you marveled why it sometimes is so difficult to believe God’s word? God’s commands are not necessarily grievous man’s default sensual and rebellious nature is what repels all that God is and stands for.
For instance, the word of God says the just shall live by faith. This means everything that pertains to the life of the believer starts and ends in faith. Faith is defined as the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. While substances may not be seen necessarily, evidences on the other hand are very visible and tangible. This means that all that pertains to the life of a Christian should be on the foundation of the word, spirit breath word which sustains the capacity to birth a substance and produce evidence.
It is almost impossible to find believers whose lives from start to finish are ‘faith immersed.’ This is because where there is no believe, where believe is absent, action will be at best imaginary or peripheral. Hearing, doing and eventual living the word are escapades that are achieved via intentional means; it takes a deliberate effort.
The word of God has a pedigree of not only performing without failing, but sustains the power and ability to create and bring into being. This same word can do far exceedingly above all that we could ask or imagine. This therefore means that if the word of God asks us to believe, then it is worth believing. Moreover the word of God isn’t an inanimate thing, the word of God is a person and is tangible and is also life. This means that if this tangible life asks us to trust, it would be cleaver of us to trust wholly.
Please carefully read the next few scriptures.
“1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. 4 Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. 5 That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.”
John 1: 1- 5.
“3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high”
Hebrews 1: 3.
“12 For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart. 13 No creature is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.”
Hebrews 4: 12- 13
The power that causes things to be is the same power that is present each and every time God speaks. This word and power have proven over time to be a sure bunker and a constant and faithful fortress.
“11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Isaiah 55: 11.
This was the same word that created all that we see and know today.
“1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day”
Genesis 1: 1- 5.
“2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;”
Hebrew 1: 2.
Christ is God’s living word, and by this word was all that we see today created.
If this word sustains such awesome and unlimited power, then banking all upon the integrity and potency of this word will not be a bad idea.
“28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. ”
Matthew 11: 28- 30.
The above scripture is an invitation.
“5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
Proverbs 3: 5
The above scripture is not just a promise, it is a command. A command issued by the commander should be obeyed with immediate alacrity and without a second thought.
This is also an instruction and before it was mete out, the preceding verses asks us to keep the law of the Lord and forget them not, uphold and sustain mercy and truth and ensure they are as much a part of us as the flesh we wear, then we can trust. The product of these is that long life and length of days and peace, coupled with favor and good understanding in God’s sight will be our description.
From the preceding verses, it is obvious that trust is not demanded from just anyone, but from one who has a pedigree of keeping and upholding the law of God in his heart, as well as having mercy and truth always within grasp.
This means there is a level of growth and development of spiritual stature courtesy of yielding. Growth and development by yielding to the word of God over time births maturity. With this, I therefore say that ‘Trust Is Not Required Of Babes But Of The Matured.’ In my pieces, “…………..A Matured Man, Attaining Unto The Measure Of Christ’s Stature (I)” and “…………A Matured Man, Attaining Unto The Measure Of Christ’s Stature (II),”, I dealt extensively on what maturity is.
The continuum of this subject comes subsequently