Faith: Trust or Reliance

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.” Mark 11:22 NIV

“Faith is embracing uncertainty. We’ll never have all the answers. And some people never come to terms with this truth. They feel like something is wrong with them because they can’t wrap their minds around God. But maybe faith has less to do with gaining knowledge and more to do with causing wonder. Maybe a relationship with God doesn’t simplify our lives. Maybe it complicates our lives in ways that they should be complicated.”

Mark Batterson, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

When circumstances don’t seem to change or get any better, I wonder if my faith is faltering. If I just had more faith, I chide myself, then life would improve. But as I think about it I don’t think my faith is diminishing, so much as it is displaced. I am placing my trust in other people to meet my expectations or I am waiting for time to go by so the pain lessens. But in reality I need to rely more on God, and trust Him in the midst of life.

The success of my life has little to do with everything going well. Because that is just unrealistic. Jesus’ simple encouragement to have faith in God brings life back into perspective. God is the one I can depend on. He is always there. He can handle the uncertainty. The quote above reminded me that I don’t have to figure out my life. I just need to take the next step of faith, knowing God determines the outcomes.

So here’s to complications. Faith truly can cause wonder and awe. May we be more aware of God working out our lives for our best, and for His glory!

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