I wanted to talk about this because I feel that sometimes we get confused about the difference between these two words.
You cannot have faith in something unless you trust it first.
We can learn a lot from the story about the Manna, an edible substance that God provided for the Israelites during their travels in the desert according to the Bible. (Book of Exodus)
The Israelites were instructed by Moses not to save their daily portions of Manna (except for the double portion that fell before the Sabbath) because it would rot and become inedible.
Believe it or not, despite the fact that the Israelites must have witnessed incredible miracles throughout their exile from Egypt, some of them still did not listen to Moses’ instruction and tried to save the Manna for the next day.
These Israelites clearly did not trust that the Manna was going to fall and, therefore, suffered from fear – which is lack of faith.
They feared that they would not have food the next day and they possible did what most of us nowadays do…tossed and turned all night worrying about not doing the right thing, but at the same time not trusting that there will be enough tomorrow.
If we trust in somebody (or something), we can relinquish the fear of not being able to trust and we can submit to faith.
Faith allows us to move along life without carrying the burden of fear and discontent.
You may ask….how do we come to such trust?
The question would be valid if you decide you want to place your trust in people…
“Put not your trust in princes, Nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help…” Psalm 146:3
But, learning ancient text and trying to understand the underlying theme of trusting the Universe (G-d, or the Life Force of the Universe)….you will have the tools to continue to move ahead in that direction….because you will be able to start with the simple trust that when you lose sight (become confused) The Life Force of the Universe (God) will open your eyes (guide you) a little more.
This also explains why the Israelites, despite being exposed to what seems to be undeniable miracles from the Hands of God, they still didn’t heed the warnings of Moses.
You must be able to identify a miracle by yourself. A miracle can be seen from two perspectives. A miracle can be seen as a random act of nature….or….an intentional act from The Life Force of the Universe.
You have the power of choice. You can decide from which perspective you see things.
I choose to see everything as intentional acts from the Life Force of the Universe. Even if I am wrong…..the fact that I trust (because I believe) that this is true, I rest easy within my faith in that Force and in the fact that I believe It knows what it is doing…..much better than I do.
It is up to you. If there was no choice – and it was obvious that there is a Higher Power controlling the Universe…..think about how different life would be.
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