Trust in God is key to spiritual growth, and is the only way to happiness. Receiving God’s blessing is contingent on doing what he commands. That can’t happen without trust.
God knows the end from the beginning and has the power to do all things. Moreover he loves you beyond measure, and desires to give you a promising future.
The best you can do for yourself is to trust in God.
But what does it mean to trust God? Let’s see what the Bible has to say about fully trusting in God.
God’s Love is Trustworthy
“And we have known and believed the love God has for us. God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God in him. In this love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear because fear has torment. He who fears is not made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.”
— 1 John 4:16-19
“The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying, ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, with loving-kindness, I have drawn you.’”
— Jeremiah 31:3
“I will betroth you to Me forever. Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness, in judgment, in loving-kindness, and in compassion. I will even betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you will know the LORD.”
— Hosea 2:19-20
Would a loving father seek to harm his child? He would do everything in his power to help him or her to succeed.
Likewise, God desires to give you the best. But you must trust in his love to receive the gifts he brings.
God’s gifts won’t always come wrapped in beautiful packages. Nevertheless, he will always give you what you need.
God’s love for you is unfailing. The effect it has on you depends on how you respond to it. God’s love, when fully embraced, makes changes in our lives more beautiful than words can describe.
Will you put your trust in God’s love?
Trust in God’s Word
“All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
— 2 Timothy 3:16-17
“For as the rain comes down and the snow from the sky, and does not return there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so will My word be that goes forth from My mouth: it will not return to Me void but will accomplish what I please, and prosper in the thing I sent it to do.”
— Isaiah 55:10-11
“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.”
— Proverbs 30:5
There are two voices in this world, yet one is not of this world. One voice tells you to do whatever you desire. It’s the voice of darkness, and it will lead you into sin, and onward to hell.
But the other voice is light which leads to life, to a place where righteousness abounds. God’s voice. Listen to it. Do what it says. You will be thankful for trusting in it!
Scriptures on Trusting God’s Plan
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all men liberally without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
— James 1:5
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”
— Psalms 32:8
“For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even to death.”
— Psalms 48:14
“Do not lean on your own understanding, but trust in the LORD with all your heart. Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will direct your paths.”
— Proverbs 3:5-6
As long as you make God your priority, wisdom is yours. God may not end the storm you’re in when you want him to, but he will surely get you through it if you trust him with all your heart.
Trust God in All Things
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
— Romans 8:28
“He gives power to the weak and increases the strength of those who have no might. Even the youths will faint and be weary, and the young men will utterly fall, but those who wait on the LORD will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run, and not be weary. They will walk, and not faint.”
— Isaiah 40:29-31
“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him. Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret, for it only leads to harm.”
— Psalms 37:7-8
We all have expectations. We want good things to happen in our lives. But the good we desire, though present, isn’t always apparent.
Just because things aren’t turning out as expected, it doesn’t mean you have been hopelessly abandoned by God. Trusting God in difficult times involves patience. Continue to be faithful to God, even when it hurts; and a shower of blessing will come, like rain in a desert.
God isn’t asleep. He knows your needs. As long as you will receive him, the blessing is yours.
Trust in God.
Examples of Trust in the Bible
Called by God at the ripe age of 75 to leave his homeland and go to a place unknown to him, Abram didn’t hesitate to obey God’s voice (see Gen. 12:1-4). Obeying God meant Abram would leave people behind whom he loved. But Abram made it his priority to put God first. Abram was blessed. All because he trusted in God.
Three young men were commanded to bow down to a golden statue or face imminent death. In protest against the ungodly decree, they remained standing as everyone else fell to their knees in worship of the golden statue. When the king heard of their rebellion against his law, he ordered them to appear before him, and gave them one more chance to comply or be thrown into a fiery furnace.
“If it is so, our God whom we serve can deliver us from the fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image you have set up.”
— Daniel 3:17-18
Furious at their reply, the king ordered his men to make the furnace seven times hotter than normal, and to throw the three young men into it. But death was defeated that day as God miraculously protected the youths from the flames. Not even a hair on their body was singed. Yet the rope which bound their hands was completely burned away! They were saved. All because they trusted in God (see Dan. 3).
Confident God would give him victory, a young shepherd named David faced off against a wrathful giant, defeating him with a single stone. He later became one of the greatest kings who ever lived, leaving a legacy of righteousness behind for all to learn from of what it means to trust in God (see 1 Sam. 17).
Unsure of whether it was Jesus or not, Peter called out, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” Then Jesus said, “Come.” Eyes locked on Jesus, Peter walked on water. Peter became distracted and looked away. He quickly began to sink, and cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately, Jesus came to Peter’s aid, rescuing him from drowning (see Matt. 14:22-23).
Keep your eyes on Jesus. Don’t look away. Do what he says; and he will make the impossible possible in your life.
These are just a few of the many biblical examples of trusting God. I encourage you to search the Scriptures to discover more of these faith lessons.
But there is another story yet to be told of what it means to trust in God: Your story.
How far will you go with God?
Prayer for Trust in God
God, make my heart wholly yours. Guide me to the path of righteousness that I may do what is pleasing in your sight.
For your ways are true, and your love pure. Nothing is more excellent than you. I cling to your words. Let it be known to the world that I trust in God.
Great is your faithfulness! Amen.
Dear reader, start applying these trust in God Bible verses to your life today, and you will be on your way to experiencing God’s blessing.