Psalms 56:3 – “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.” NASU
Isaiah 12:2 – “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.” NASU
As I study Scripture I sometimes find statements by different people that seem diametrically opposite and yet are so intricately linked it is amazing. I find these two passages fascinating. David, the man God described as being ‘after His own heart’ and the prophet Isaiah who gave us a prophetic picture of the Messiah that is incredible both spoke on FEAR and TRUST. Yet, it was David that said, “when I am afraid, I will trust’ and Isaiah that said, “I will trust and not be afraid.” I would have thought it would be the exact opposite but both provide some valuable insight.
Charles Spurgeon once said, “All who get on board Heaven’s train will arrive in heaven, but those who join David in this incidence will ride third class and those who walk with Isaiah will ride first class.” I didn’t say that Spurgeon did and it opens the door for us to examine FEAR and TRUST. If you can accept it I suggest that ‘Trust is not a product of fear; it is a preventative.’
Let me give you a couple of illustrations I heard years ago that helped and help me.
There was an airliner flying in a terrible storm and the passengers began to panic in fear. The stewardesses were reaching for air bags for terror had gripped all the passengers. Some cried, some cursed, and some prayed but everyone but one lady in first class was terror struck. When asked why she was not fearful she replied, “My husband is the pilot of this plane and he is well qualified to get us to the airport.” She trusted!
It is reported that Stonewall Jackson and his sister-in-law were in a small boat crossing the river below Niagara Falls and his sister-in-law became fearful and began questioning the ability and decisions of the boatswain. Jackson informed her that unless she felt she was better qualified to handle the boat than the man she was to sit down and be quite. He trusted!
TRUST – – According to Webster’s is ‘assured reliance on the character, strength, or truth of someone or something and lists confidence and dependence as synonyms.’ Isaiah was saying, “I will have assured reliance on the character, strength, and truth of the Almighty and will not be afraid.” Therefore, FAITH in the general usage of scripture is ‘trusting God’s testimony.’ It is ‘receiving all that God has revealed to us.’
FAITH is not an Old Testament word it is used only twice but TRUST is used over 140 times and yet Hebrews 11 credits many Old Testament characters with faith and lists them in Faith’s Hall of Fame. They had ‘complete reliance’ on God and that affected their attitudes and actions demonstrating FAITH of the highest order.
I want to delve into this a little deeper and will pause now and pick this up on the ‘morrow. Blessings as you go through your day!