Almost all who believe in God understand that we are meant to trust in Him, but what reasons do the Scriptures provide to bolster that trust? What do we receive through the simple acts of trusting and following God? Join us below as we discover many Scriptural reasons why all should trust in the Lord, no matter the circumstances!
Trust as a Word:
We each, through the experiences we have gone through, have different views of what “trust” is—perception leading to conclusion. However, almost everyone would accept a dictionary definition.
Merriam-Wester dictionary has a total of five noun use definitions of trust and five verb use definitions of trust. However, for our purposes we will only explore the first two of basic nouns and verbs…
“Trust” as a noun:
- assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something; one in which confidence is placed
- dependence on something future or contingent: HOPE; reliance on future payment for property (such as merchandise) delivered: CREDIT
“Trust” as a verb:
- to rely on the truthfulness or accuracy of: BELIEVE; to place confidence in: rely on; to hope or expect confidently
- to commit or place in one's care or keeping: ENTRUST; to permit to stay or go or to do something without fear or misgiving
- to place confidence: DEPEND; to be confident: HOPE
Therefore, trust indicates a level of assurance, reliance, hope, and even belief or dependence. When we put our trust in something or someone, we are hoping in that which is not yet seen and believing that our hope will not be put to shame.
Trust in the Word:
Now that we understand what trust means in the world, we can better understand how fuller and richer trusting in God can be. We can see more clearly the many benefits which come with trust and obedience!
Here are just a few of the many reasons why it is safe to put our trust in God…
- God being our refuge
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah”—Psalm 46:1-3
- God being our strength
“…those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”—Isaiah 40:31
- God wanting good for us and having good plans for us
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”—Jeremiah 29:11
- God working things for our good AND predestining us in His image
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”—Romans 8:28-30
- God providing for us
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”—Matthew 6:25-26
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.”—Philippians 4:19-20
- God answering us
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”—Matthew 7:7-8
- God being a good Father
“Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”—Matthew 7:9-11
- God caring for us
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”—1 Peter 5:6-7
- God never forsaking us
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”—Deuteronomy 31:6
- God directing our steps
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”—Proverbs 3:5-6
- God never lying; always being true
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”—Numbers 23:19
- God always listening
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”—1 John 5:14-15
- God being our Healer
“… ‘If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.’”—Exodus 15:26
- God being our help in times of trouble
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”—Psalm 46:1
- God being our Bridegroom
“And He said to them, ‘Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days.’”—Luke 5:34-35
- And an entire Bible’s proof!
To trust in God is the ONLY form of trust with total guarantee. When God says something, promises something—such as in His Word—we can be assured of its truth. We can rely on God, putting all of our hope, belief, and confidence in Him; trusting in Him and seeing the best return on our investment of trust.
In the world we may put our trust in people or investments, and often it’s done with a certain level of guarantee or way of protection for that trust… but if a trust is broken—like a business partner who runs out on an agreement—we may get our financial investment back, but the emotion, trust, and time investments are likely lost forever.
Yet, with our God, He never runs out—His Word is sure. He is always there for us. And we will never need to settle for mere financial compensation… because as long as our trust remains in Him and in the solid foundation of His Word, there will be no need for compensation, worry, anxiety, doubt or fear, for He will fulfill every expectation!
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