Faith and Trust

I recently made a new friend from Haiti, and during our conversation, she said in a beautiful Haitian accent, “You know…Faith is KNOWING God can do it. But, trust is LETTING God do it.”

Ooof. That statement knocked the wind out of me for a minute.

It made me think about how I have a disconnect between my faith in God and my trust in God. The two seem like they would walk hand-in-hand, but they can be very separate, and that separation is never more evident than when I’m reminding a friend about God’s promises for the same situation that is playing out in my life. It’s easy to have faith for someone else, but the stakes seem much higher when it’s MY kid, MY finances, MY marriage, and MY future.  

See, I know “…faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) And I also know “…that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

But, even though those two scriptures have been branded into my memory, it’s still a struggle to accept them both simultaneously. I’ve found that it comes down to that I believe God will work things out for my good, but I don’t trust that He has my best interest at heart. Or, I should say I don’t trust that His timing in working those things out will be in my best interest. I don’t want to be uncomfortable. I don’t want to wait, and I want to have the answers that I need when I want them.

The words “faith” and “trust” are so often overused and assumed that many of us forget their true definitions and importance in every area of our lives. For another read about trust, check out my previous blog here. As you can tell, trust is a subject I need to revisit often. What about you?

It’s been a while since we’ve talked, and I would love to hear from you. How have you built up your trust in God? Where do you see it play out most? Leave a comment below or email me at

We will get through this together!
In His service and at yours.

Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

2 thoughts on “Faith and Trust

  1. Thank you so much for returning to us on Saturday mornings. You help to renew our faith and strengthen our belief. Looking forward to many more Saturday mornings with you. Hugs

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