Just Jump! PART 2: Trust Goes Where Faith Alone Cannot

Where Christians have missed blessing God is by not stepping out and learning to live daily, trusting Him for all of their needs.  The issue goes beyond revelation.  It even goes beyond our faith.  The issue is trust.

Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.”  Trust is not exactly the same as having faith in God.  You can’t have trust in God without having faith in God.  But there is a place faith cannot go unless you have transferred your trust from what you were relying on to God’s ways of meeting your needs.

We can see this in the Bible account of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt (Joshua 3:8-17).  The priests went before the people carrying the Ark of the Covenant suspended on poles.  At one point they came to the Jordan River and sat down, waiting for the river to open up so they could go across.  But nothing happened.  That river just kept flowing.  They couldn’t figure out why the river didn’t stop, because God had told them to cross it.  They had no other way to get across. Finally, they said, “Well, He said go, so let’s go.”  They got up, picked up the Ark, and stuck their feet in the water.  At that moment, the river opened up.

Faith was present.  Without it, they would not have gotten as far as the riverbank.  They believed God when He said they would cross over dry-shod.  But it took trust to step into the water.

The dictionary definition of trust is “resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, friendship and sound principles of another person; resting of your mind.”  When you put God into the definition, you see that there is nobody who has any greater integrity, stronger veracity, more justice, friendship and faithfulness.  And His principles are the sound principles – not a sound principle – but the sound principles.  So, surely we should be able to trust Him.

NEXT TIME — Just Jump!  PART 3 – Walk It Out In Your Life

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