What Christians call “faith” is not at all a passive thing or a one time thing. It is a way of life. The modern word “faith” hardly does justice to it. Biblical faith more like what we call trust. It is more like personally entrusting yourself to the care of another, and living and acting on the basis of that trust. It endures, and it is obedient. Since I am working through a great chapter about people of great faith over the next several weeks in my sermons (Hebrews 11 – worth a read) I I thought I’d go with the theme of biblical faith, or trust, this week. I certainly need more of it myself!
Here are two well known passages with much to say if taken to heart – Proverbs 3:5-6 and Psalm 37:3-4:
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.