Faith* is kind of a funny thing that takes time to build, and the way one goes about building it is somewhat nebulous. I spent a semester in Ireland when I was in college, and one of my biggest frustrations during my time away from the US was trying to figure out how to have more faith. I wanted to trust God more, and it’s evident through Hebrews 11 that God commends the life of faith that simply trusts Him even when all of His promises have not yet come to fruition. The people of faith who are listed lived their lives with one overarching theme: God can be trusted. What I learned in the midst of my vexation is that trust is built through experience within a relationship. The reason I trust or don’t trust that a person will fulfill his or her promises comes down to my prior experiences with that person. The same is true with our heavenly Father. My lack of trust stems from my lack of experience. When I have handed any aspect of my life to Him, He has always been faithful. I have found that one of the greatest things I can leverage to build my faith is time: time in God’s Word, time in prayer, and just time in life. The more I know God, the more I trust Him. The longer I walk with Him, the great my trust grows. If you’re having trouble trusting Him, then perhaps you need more time with Him. And after awhile you will learn that He can be trusted.
* – For the sake of this blog, the words faith and trust are used interchangeably.