You Have More Faith than You Realize

But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation (Ps 13:5)

We who believe in Jesus will ever be finding ourselves in situations where we must trust him. Our whole relationship with God is one of trust from start to finish. We are saved by trusting in Jesus and all he accomplished in his life and death for us. We continue to trust him every day of our lives by believing his Word.

Often we can find it hard to trust God. It’s hard to trust God when the answers to our prayers delay. Will we have enough to pay our bills? Will my child ever begin to believe in Christ? Will I ever change?

Maybe you’d say your faith is weak. But you probably have more faith than you realize.

For example, we trust in people and institutions every day – airlines, restaurants, doctors, stores, and banks. When I go to the grocery store, I don’t ask the cashier, Is this food safe for me to consume? Has this meat been properly checked and packaged? Was this milk correctly pasteurized? Is this ibuprofen really 200 mg? Are there really 12 ounces of Cocoa Puffs in this box?

When the doctor prescribes medicine for me, I don’t ask, Are you sure this is the best one? Are you keeping up to date on medicines? Do you really have my best interests in mind? Are you giving me a sugar pill? Is this some kind of poison?

When I get on a plane, I don’t ask the flight attendant, Who built this plane? Are they qualified to build planes? Is this thing regularly inspected? Did they remember to put in the gas and check the oil? Are all the bolts in the wings tight? Can I see the pilot’s credentials? Does he really know what all those switches do? He hasn’t been drinking today has he?

Every day we entrust our lives into the hands of people we don’t know, and many we’ve never even seen. Every day we put our faith in human beings who are fallible and forgetful, who make mistakes and miscalculations. We couldn’t live in this world without a large measure of trust in people. What is ironic is that though we put faith in people all the time, we’re often reluctant to trust in God.

Shouldn’t we trust our loving, faithful, all-wise, all-powerful God? Shouldn’t we believe the One who upholds the galaxies? We all have more faith than we realize. Let’s put more of it in Jesus Christ.

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.

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