Psalm 56:3 – “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.” NASU
Isaiah 12:2 – “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid…” NASU
The above passages are incredibly interesting. Both have to do with ‘fear’ and ‘trust.’ It is great that David could say, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You,” but it is even better when Isaiah could say, “I will trust and not be afraid.” Charles Spurgeon commented on these two passages and said, “All who get on board Heaven’s train will arrive in heaven, but those who join David will ride ‘third class’ and those who join Isaiah will ride ‘first class’. I do not want to diminish David’s faith and confidence in God but the two expressions reflect different attitudes we face in life regarding ‘trust’ and ‘fear’.
TRUST is not a product of FEAR; it is a PREVENTATIVE of FEAR! I heard an illustration years ago that makes this point perfectly:
There was an airliner flying during a severe storm and the turbulence became so violent that even the Flight Attendants were reaching for airbags. Terror gripped everyone. Some began to weep, others cursed, and a few prayed. All but one lady sitting in the first class section was terrified. She sat calmly unmoved by the turbulence and someone asked why? She replied, “Well, my husband is the pilot and he is well qualified to get us to the airport.” She TRUSTED!
It was said that Stonewall Jackson and his sister-in-law were being ferried across the river just below Niagara Falls and his sister-in-law was quizzing the ferryman until Stonewall spoke up and said, “Unless you are better qualified to ferry this boat across the river, sit down and be quite.” He was talking about TRUST!
TRUST according to Webster’s Dictionary is ‘assured reliance on the character, strength, or truth of someone or something. Confidence and dependence are listed as synonyms. Isaiah was saying: “I will have assured reliance on the character, strength, and truth of the Almighty God and I WILL NOT BE AFRAID!” Therefore, FAITH in the general usage of Scripture is TRUSTING in God’s testimony! It is RECEIVING all that God has revealed to us!
FAITH is not an Old Testament Word. It is used only twice in the Old Testament but TRUST is used over 140 times. Yet, Hebrews 11 credits its many Old Testament characters with having FAITH while the Old Testament speaks of them TRUSTING God! Simply, they were men and women who had a ‘complete reliance upon God.’ This affected their attitudes and actions in life!
It is imperative that we TRUST God! Failure to ‘trust’ Him will open the door to ‘fear’ which has torment and will cause us to act and react negatively in the situations of life and rob us of our ultimate victory in God’s provision of Abundant Life!
Allow the Holy Spirit to bring you to a place of ‘assured reliance’ on God’s character, strength, and truth! May God be with you as you go through your day!