What is the difference between faith and trust?

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Faith vs. Trust:
Quite often the words faith and trust are tossed about in religious circles. These words are used like salt, seasoning any dialogue with a distinctly "christian" flavor. But what do they mean? Is faith the same thing as trust? If not, what is the difference?

Faith is a noun.

It is something we HAVE... As He reveals Himself and His Love to us, this "knowing" of him in our head (knowledge), and in our heart (beliefs), is the substance, our evidence, of Him and His Love (Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.").

Faith says "I know Him, and I believe!"...

but faith is not trust...

Trust is a verb.

Trust is something we DO...

Trust is faith in action! It is the manifestation of our faith in our thoughts and actions. While faith says "He can...", trust says "He is... and I will think and act accordingly!"

It is far easier to have faith in God; there are unbelievers who have this. It is a lot harder to exercise trust in Him...

A short analogy (...though based on a real story):

The Great Blondin

In the late 1800's there was a great performer named Jean Francois Gravelot. He was known as "The Great Blondin." He was a "daredevil" of sorts; a tightrope walker specifically.



One of his greatest stunts, involved walking a tightrope high above the world famous Niagara Falls. Blondin performed this death-defying feat more than once, adding elements of difficulty each time. Once he even carried his manager on his back!

Blondin was quite the showman, he had a knack for engaging the crowd, stirring the suspense and excitement. Upon completing one attempt, he asked the crowd if they believed a second attempt would be a successful one. The crowd unanimously agreed it would. Always looking to better his last great feat, Blondin now asked the crowd if they believed he could cross the falls on the tightrope while pushing a wheelbarrow. Having seen his previous stunt, and how seemingly easy it was for him, the crowd had no doubt he could pull off this new, more difficult one. Again, the response was unanimous, the crowd had no doubt "The Great Blondin" could do it!

Blondin was ready to attempt this amazing feat that only he could do, but before he set out on the rope, he had one last question for the crowd: "Which of you will ride in the wheelbarrow?" The crowd was frozen, still, silent. Not a single man or woman responded to his challenge...

All of those people witnessed Blondin cross the falls on the rope. They gained first-hand knowledge of his abilities. They had a well founded belief that he could perform the more difficult stunt. Yet, when it came time to act on those beliefs, they were silent...still. They did not trust him.

Many of us have seen what God can do, and we believe (faith)... when He calls us to "ride" with him (trust), will we sit silent? Will we stand still?...

...just a thought...

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