Believes All Things (1 Corinthians 13:7)

[love …] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:7

Love … believes all things. Another way to say this might be Love has faith. The word that is rendered believes here is a form of the same verb used elsewhere to indicate that someone had faith that resulted in miracles — the centurion in Matthew 8:13, for example, whose servant was healed — and elsewhere to indicate a faith that resulted in salvation.

In the context of God being Love, I am uncertain how to even begin to understand this verse. God has no need of faith since He is able to do His good pleasure. He has no need to trust that things will turn out in any particular way, because He knows the end from the beginning. So I will leave that concept for prayer and meditation and see if God speaks on the topic.

In the context of me, I must ask whether or not I have faith. The question seems absurd — everyone has faith in some things. But, more specifically, the question is whether or not I trust God. If I trust God, then I will not be worried about the global economic malaise currently in force, because the Earth is the LORD’s and all the fullness thereof. He is well able to provide for my little household and me. If I trust God, then I will not be quick to defend myself, because the LORD is my protector and the things I have done in obedience to Him are part of His reputation. He is able to defend me and Himself. In short, faith; trust in God will result in me letting God handle all the things I am manifestly incapable of handling … which is rather more than I am inclined to think it is. Faith in God; trust in my LORD should result in a life without anxiety, because I trust Him to do for me what I cannot do for myself.

I know that I fall woefully short in this and that I have far more anxiety than might be readily apparent.

Father, thank You for being trustworthy. I know that You can be trusted, yet I do not always trust You as I should. Please increase my faith in You.


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