Faith Matters: Can anyone be trusted? |

Faith Matters: Can anyone be trusted?

Pastor Doug Toller
Winter Park Christian Church

I appreciate the title of this section of our newspaper, “Faith Matters.” Does faith really matter?

Faith by definition means to believe or trust. We all exercise faith daily. We believe that the restaurant that we chose for a night out with our family will serve us safe and healthy food. If you have ever had the opportunity to observe some restaurant kitchens, you realize how much faith that takes.

We trust the airlines to put us on safe planes and get us to our destination. But anyone who has flown over an ocean and experienced severe air turbulence has known the feeling of sincerely hoping that the manufacturers of that plane did their job correctly.

Faith is often sincere. A young bride looks lovingly into her groom’s eyes while he is saying his wedding vows, “for better or for worse … until death do us part,” trusting that he truly means and will do what he says. A young child leaps off the side of the swimming pool trusting, without hesitation, that his dad will catch him.

There are even some who are sincerely trusting that our government will somehow solve our financial woes.

Faith is always risky. We trust doctors to make the proper diagnosis when facing a severe illness and, if surgery is required, we place our life in the hands of the surgeon trusting that he knows what he is doing and that he will do it well. On Sept. 12, many people, without realizing it, trusted the Amtrak train engineer to be alert and responsible. However, the train engineer sent and received 57 text messages while on duty, the last one just 22 seconds before running a red light and slamming head-on into a freight train outside Los Angeles killing 25 people.

There are times when we regret having trusted someone. Unfortunately, life requires faith.

As we grow older, we do not exercise faith any less, but we are more cautious about what or whom we are placing our trust and confidence in. Disappointment, disillusionment, and betrayal take their toll causing some to wonder if anyone can truly be trusted.

The greatest area of life in which “faith matters” is in our understanding of God. There are some who would question whether or not this is a vital area to consider.

The following true story illustrates how important faith in God is. A few years ago, while my daughter Christi was in Cosmetology school, she befriended a young girl named Nikki. Because of Nikki’s hurtful past, she trusted no one and had turned to drugs as a means of survival. Nikki and her boyfriend had three children out of wedlock, but because of her heroin addiction and violent behavior, her boyfriend took the children to the East Coast to live. Nikki’s faith and trust in people had been destroyed, but she had never considered trusting her life to Christ.

Jesus said, “Come to Me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The Scriptures also say that, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away and behold, the new has come.” Christi shared this good news with Nikki and she put her faith and trust in Christ. Nikki began to grow in her new knowledge of God and His love for her. She was transformed by God’s power and set free from all drugs, alcohol and violence. Nikki decided to contact her boyfriend and to see her children. A few months later, because of the change in Nikki’s life, her boyfriend gave his life to Christ and they were married. Nikki sent a letter to my daughter thanking her for sharing the truth of God’s Word telling her all about the freedom and healing that Christ had brought into their lives.

This family would be quick to tell you that, “Faith Truly Matters.”

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