virus: trust and obey

Tue, 16 Mar 1999 00:23:19 -0800

Eric Boyd wrote:
> Hi,
> From: KMO <>
> <<
> Do you think the sentence "I have faith that I will intuitively know
> when to tip the scales and which way to time them" invokes "evidence
> of things unseen" any more than either of the other two sentences?
> That's not a rhetorical question.
> >>
> Certainly. The word "faith" has connotations of much more dogmatic
> belief than either confidence or trust. That is why it is used in
> religious areas -- people don't just "trust" in the lord, they *have
> faith* in him, which is clearly something stronger and more immune to
> negation.
> Why use a stronger word when the weaker one is more accurate?

Not everyone appreciates the distinction you make here. Quite a few people use the expressions "trust" and "have faith in" interchangeably.

For example:

"Trust and Obey" by John H. Sammis

For a fuller effect, try

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey.


Trust and obey, for there's no other way To be happy with Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross, But is blessed if we trust and obey.


But we never can prove the delights of His love Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows, Are for them who will trust and obey.


Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet. Or we'll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go; Never fear, only trust and obey.