“Faith” can also be understood as “confident expectation.” That is looking at our future with confidence because God is a faithful provider of all that we need.
There is motivational power in one’s expectations, and this has been explored in literature and proven by scientific experiments.
We must understand that true faith does not deny temporal realities or refuse to go to the doctor or the dentist when necessary, or refuse to look at problems for fear of being “negative.” In fact, it does just the opposite. True faith acknowledges the facts but recognizes that God’s truth supersedes worldly facts, and that faith-full action can change things.
True faith in God gives us courage to face facts and deal with reality. False faith puts us on shaky ground, more fearful than faithful. When true faith is faced with negative circumstances, it allows the seeming hopelessness of such circumstances to drive it to the promises of God.
Trust, or faith, is not a power in itself; it requires an object—someone or something to trust in. God is the object of our faith, but to trust Him we must know something about Him, that is, His character and His promises. We cannot really trust anyone unless they express themselves in words, words that can mean a promise, and words in which we have the confidence that they have the character and resources necessary to keep their promise. Think about it: the better we know God’s character, that is, His willingness to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think (Eph. 3:20-KJV), and the more we know His ability, the more we trust Him and obey Him. When we obey Him, He never fails to prove Himself to us.