A necessary part of being a Christian is to trust in the Lord. But maybe you have questions.
- What does it mean to trust in the Lord?
- What the Bible say about trusting in the Lord?
- How do you trust God in difficult times?
I’m right there with you, so let’s work through some of these questions to get a better understanding of what it means to trust God.
What Does It Mean to Trust in the Lord?
Psalm 37:3 says, Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness (NKJV).
The word translated as “trust” in this verse is the Hebrew word bâṭach, (pronounced baw-takh’). Bâṭach means to go quickly for refuge. Figuratively, bâṭach also means to trust, be confident or sure.
The Oxford Dictionary defines trust as the belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of (someone or something). It defines confidence as the feeling or belief that one can have faith in or rely on someone or something.
We trust in the Lord because we know He is able to accomplish the things we’re asking Him to do. We have confidence in Him because we know He’s reliable and can be trusted.
When we trust in the Lord we put our confidence in Him because we know that He is a safe place to hide.
What does the Bible say about trusting in the Lord?
As you can imagine, there are a lot of “trust in the Lord” verses in the Bible. These Scriptures remind us that God knows everything and is all powerful so we can trust Him.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. – Psalm 118:8 ESV
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. – Psalm 20:7 ESV
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. – Psalm 28:7 ESV
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There are benefits for trusting in the Lord. We are enriched with the blessings of the Lord, we have peace, and no longer have reasons to fear.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. – Isaiah 26:3 ESV
A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched. – Proverbs 28:25 ESV
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. – Psalm 56:3 ESV
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. – Proverbs 29:25 ESV
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” – Isaiah 12:2 ESV
When we put our trust in the Lord, He acts on our behalf. He is a refuge and place of safety for all who trust Him.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” – Psalm 91:1-2 ESV
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. – Psalm 37:5 ESV
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah – Psalm 62:8 ESV
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. – Psalm 125:1 ESV
Meditating on Scripture is a good way to remember to put our trust in God. Download the trust in the Lord verses printable so you can have these handy when you need them.
Trusting God In All Circumstances
But trusting God is hard, especially when life gets difficult. It’s hard to trust Him not because He’s untrustworthy but because we are. We know He’s a promise-keeper but when we want to put our confidence in Him, the devil reminds us of all the times we have been let down by different people in our lives. He reminds us of all the times we have been unfaithful because he knows if he can get us to doubt, our faith will waver.
Thankfully, God knows the faintness of our hearts. He knows that it would be hard to trust Him because of all the reasons listed above and more. When you need to trust in the Lord, He has filled the Bible with stories of people who have successfully put their trust in Him and had been rewarded.
One of my favorite examples of someone who trusted in the Lord is that of Hezekiah. During Hezekiah’s reign, the king of Assyria besieged Samaria and took the people away as captives. He came against all the fortified cities of Judah and took those too (2 Kings 18:9-13).
Hezekiah paid him a tribute, but that didn’t stop him from sending his commander-in-chief along with a great army against King Hezekiah at Jerusalem (2 Kings 18:14-16).
The words of the spokesman for Assyria were blunt, “what are you putting your confidence in and which God are you trusting that is mighty enough to save you from our power?” (2 Kings 18:19-35). But Hezekiah was not shaken. He sent word to the prophet Isaiah. Then, he took the letter he had received with the threatening words and laid them before the Lord in the Temple (2 Kings 19:14).
Then Hezekiah prayed. You can read the full account in 2 Kings 18:1-19:37. The image of Hezekiah laying the letter before the Lord is one that has always resonated with me. It took a lot of faith for Hezekiah to do that. It was almost like he was saying, “Lord, this letter is addressed to me but it maligns Your character. What are You going to do about it?”
Hezekiah knew the pitiful armies of Jerusalem wouldn’t be able to stand against the mighty forces of the Assyrian army. But he knew God could. Hezekiah trusted in the Lord because He knew God was able to do what the mightiest army on earth couldn’t do.
Sure enough, God fought the battle for him and little Jerusalem defeated the mighty armies of Assyria without lifting a finger.
My friend, God is mighty to save. He’s able to resolve the greatest conflicts you face or destroy your greatest enemies…all you have to do is put your trust in the Lord.
We can trust in God because He has done mighty things in the past and He will do mighty things again. When you find it difficult to trust in the Him, here are five things you can do to increase your confidence in God.
- Remind yourself of what He has done for you in the past.
- Read biblical accounts of His mighty deeds.
- Remember the testimonies of those who had put their trust in the Lord and experienced His faithfulness.
- Think about what He’s doing for you now: you’re alive and experiencing His goodness even in the midst of your trials.
- Make a list in your journal of all the ways God has proven to be worthy of your trust.
Trust in the Lord With All Your Heart
Proverbs 3:5 encourages us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts, but the Bible also tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9). How then are we to trust God with such a defective organ?
It helps to look at the Hebrew word for heart which is lêb, (pronounced labe). While lêb is translated as the heart, it is also used figuratively for the feelings, the will and even the intellect, and refers likewise for the centre of anything.
To trust in the Lord with all your heart then, is to trust God with everything you have: mind, heart, will, intellect, emotions. Trust in the Lord when you’re encouraged and feel as if you can move mountains. Trust in the Lord when you are discouraged and don’t know how you’re going to make it. Regardless of how things look or how you feel about them, put your trust in the Lord because He’s trustworthy.
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