Then he said to his disciples, “Why can’t you trust me?”
- Jesus, Luke 8:25, The Message
"Without trust in the good news of Jesus, without trust in the good news of God's saving work even in this moment, without an active, moment-by-moment trust in the good news of an all-sovereign, all-good God, how can we claim to fully believe? This is the trust I lack: to know that if disaster strikes, He carries me even there. Trust in the wholeness of the Gospel - including this moment, good news too - and be saved. Choose stress, worry, anxiety, reject what God has given now, which is good news too - refuse to trust - and be condemned."
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mark 16:16, ESV)
"I've just begun to feel around the outside edges of it, here in crumbling economics, the fretfulness of parenting, the dizziness of the twenty-first-century spin. Just begun to realize it, and it catches in the throat:
If authentic, saving belief is the act of trusting, then to choose stress is an act of disbelief...atheism.
Anything less than gratitude and trust is practical atheism.
I wince. Perhaps the opposite of faith is not doubt. Perhaps the opposite of faith is fear. To lack faith perhaps isn't as much an intellectual disbelief in the existence of God as fear and distrust that there is a good God. If I don't emotionally believe, practically believe, in the goodness of God, am I a believer? Don't the believers have to believe? Don't the saved have to trust the Savior? For yes, salvation from sins, but this too: the salvation from fear.
True, certainly, there are organic, biological causes to anxiety, and there may certainly be underlying chemical issues that warrant medication. I have filled prescriptions. This has been right. All anxiety is not spiritual. And yet I know and haltingly confess: Much of the worry in my own life has been a failure to believe...a wariness to thank and trust the love hand of God."
"...perfect love casts out fear." (1 John 4:18, ESV)
"I make soup and I bake bread and I know my supreme need is joy in God and I know I can't experience deep joy in God until I deep trust in God. I shine sinks and polish through to the realization that trusting God is my most urgent need. If I deep trusted God in all the facets of my life, wouldn't that deep heal my anxiety, my self-condemnation, my soul holes?
The fear is suffocating, terrorizing, and I want the remedy, and it is trust. Trust is everything."
(excerpted from One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp, pgs. 148-149; paragraphing and Scripture references mine)