It still hangs in our family cabin — a plaque depicting a photograph of a sparrow perched on the fingertips of a hand containing birdseed. Underneath the picture are these words:
"Faith is not hope without proof, but trust without reservations."
A few months ago, the theme of these devotionals was hope, and hope in God is a worthy thing. It boosts our faith, surely. But it doesn’t provide our reason to have faith. Trust does.
Until we trust what someone is saying, we don’t have any faith in their words. Let’s look at some familiar words from the Bible:
Jesus said, “Lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.” Matthew 20:28
Do you trust that God will never leave you?
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners….” 1 Timothy 1:15
Do you trust He can save us from our sins?
“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die .…” John 11:25
Do you trust that Jesus Christ really offers eternal life?
Trust is the gasoline that fuels our faith along this journey called life. If our trust begins to diminish, our faith cannot function as well. We begin to sputter and slow down.
We need to fill up again and again. How do we do that? We study the Word and see how God has helped those written about in the Bible. We recall the times God has been there in the past, for us and our loved ones. We remember prayers answered and other’s testimonies. We think back to the times He felt as close as our breath. We declare our dependence on His Spirit. Then, once again, we have no reservations. Our trust is renewed. Full speed ahead!
Heavenly Father, You are trustworthy. Help us to never have reservations when it comes to our faith in You, knowing that You did provide the proof of your unfailing love through the sacrifice of Your Son, our Savior on the cross and His ascent into glory. Amen.
Write down Biblical truths you have no reservations about. Place them somewhere you’ll see them daily. Whenever you see them, remember the times God has been there for you and pray this simple prayer: “God, I choose to trust You today.”