In the Christian faith, there are at least several core or foundational words that help to define or describe our faith. Some that come immediately to mind are love, grace, mercy and the word that we want to focus on today- faith. The idea of faith, believing or trusting, all words that could be used interchangeably, is woven all through Scripture. In fact, we read in Hebrews 11:6 that “without faith it is impossible to please God.”
Twice in our reading today we come across a reference to trusting in God. In Proverbs 29:25 we read, “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” and again in Psalm 12:2 we read, “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” Trusting in God; such as basic, simple phrase. But what all does in entail?
Obviously this idea of faith starts at the point of salvation. Essential to being born again is the reality that we place our faith in Christ. We come to the point of we turn our back on sin, self and self-efforts and place all of our faith in Christ alone for salvation. I love the illustration that I saw Evangelist Tom Farrell use many years ago. While preaching he pointed to one of the chairs on the platform and gave a very visible illustration of faith. He went over to the chair and essentially collapsed in the chair. He didn’t check the integrity of the chair legs, the depth of the screws or the strength of the floor under the chair. No, he “gave himself” to it. If that chair couldn’t hold him up then he was going down. That’s the idea of saving faith. It’s essentially saying, “Jesus, if you don’t save me I have no hope!”
But one thing that we as believers need to remember is that faith and trust in God doesn’t just end at salvation. In actuality salvation is just the start of a life of faith. As says Romans 1:17 reminds us, “the just shall live by faith.” No matter what life throws at us, in good times or the challenging times in which we live, our lives should be characterized by a life of continual faith in the Lord. May we not be guilty of leaning on our own paltry wisdom and strength but instead continually place our trust and hope in the God who promises never to leave us or forsake us.