Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." (Psalm 91:2)
It is easy to believe that God exists based on what is recorded in Hebrews 11:6. It is also easy to believe that God is the Creator of the heavens and the earth because that's what Genesis 1:1 reveals. Most people believe God's promises will be fulfilled, according to Joshua 21:45. Also, most people believe God is love because that's what 1 John 4:16b says.
However, it is much easier to believe God than it is to trust God. You might think the two emotions are the same, but they are not. It is good to believe, but it is better to trust. Trusting God goes beyond just believing God. In fact, trusting God goes so much deeper. Unfortunately, it is harder to trust God than it is to merely believe God.
Continue reading and by the time you get to the end of this short article, you will agree that there is a difference between believing God and trusting God.
Differences Between Believing God and Trusting God
A person's belief is based on well-known facts, traditions, habits, rituals, and religion. A person's trust is based on one's relationship with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
Belief is intellectual, according to what a person knows for sure.
Trust is mental and spiritual, according to what a person doesn't know but is willing to accept.
To believe is to have some control over the circumstances and situations.
To trust is to surrender all because there is no safety net below or a soft place to land.
Belief is based on something else happening along with what a person expects.
Trust is all you have when nothing else is available.
Belief is based on previous examples and past track records.
Trust is based on being completely confident about something new that you have never experienced before.
Believing God is accepting what others tell you.
Believing God is relying on what you had seen happening to others.
Believing God is comparing what you are expecting with past results.
Trusting God means not having a Plan B in case God's plan fails.
Trusting God means having no "What if's."
Trusting God means moving your burdens from your own shoulders and giving them to God who can handle them immediately, effectively, and efficiently.
Biblical People Who Trusted God
God told Abraham to "get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee” (Genesis 12:1). Abraham was a pagan at the time, but he trusted God. He did exactly what God told him to do. He left everything behind and went to an unknown place that God showed him as he went (Genesis 12:1-9). Because Abraham trusted God, he proved he was faithful and God made him "father of many nations."
Trusting God means allowing God to come into your sensitive situations. Earlier Jacob tricked his twin brother Esau out of his birthright (Genesis 33:1). Many years later, he went back home to confront Esau because he trusted God to enable them to reconcile and be restored.
Job admitted that most of his life he believed God. Job lost everything, including his ten children. He suffered from sores all over his body before he realized that he believed God without trusting him. Close to the end of the book, Job said, "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth thee (Job 42:5). In other words, Job began to trust God spiritually.
No doubt Peter loved Jesus. However, he had to grow into trusting Him the way Jesus wanted Peter to trust Him. Peter grew spiritually to trust Jesus on a deeper level and stepped out of a boat to get to Jesus (Matthew 14:29). Peter was crucified upside down because he did not think he was worthy enough to be crucified the same way as Jesus.
You might love God. You might serve God. However, it is not just a matter of loving God or worshipping God, or serving in the Kingdom of God. It is a matter of trusting God beyond just believing God.
Don't ever think it is wrong to believe God. You should believe God, and you should also trust God.