Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
I once heard a conversation about the difference between belief and trust. A man was going to walk a tight rope across Niagra Falls. Before he went across he asked the crowd, “Do you believe that I can walk across this rope and make it safely to the other side?” The crowd roared with affirming appreciation! You can do it! He next pulled out a wheelbarrow, and asked “Who trusts me enough to go along for the ride?” A silent crowd learned the difference between belief and trust.
Both are necessary aspects of faith. Believing is important, but the active agent of belief is trust. I can believe from my couch, but to really trust God I’ve got to be moving. I might believe it’s important to serve the poor, but trusting God gets me out there really doing it. I can believe that God says He’ll give me the right words to speak, but I really find out how to trust when I’m face to face with a person in need. I might believe that God will provide for my needs, but I really need to trust Him to tithe and give generously.
Take a look at your faith life. Are you believing from a distance, but not really trusting God? Begin to change that one small step at a time. The more you put your trust in Him with the small pieces of life, the more easily you’ll be able to trust when your entire life is on the line.