weeks class on suffering, I’m beginning to understand the subtle differences between trust in God and fatih in God. Although they are similar in definition, trust seems to me to be both an application of faith and a necessary condition of faith. Much as faith without works is dead faith, faith without trust is deceitful at best and a lie at worst. How many times have I abandoned my faith in times of crisis? During those times it is obvious that trust is what is lacking, trust that would allow my faith to persevere. The intellectual side of faith doesn’t leave me; the lack of trust prevents me from applying it.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are? And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, won’t he clothe you even more, you people of little faith? So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.