Dictionary.com defines trust as “reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.” Therefore, when we talk about having trust in God, it means we are relying on His perfection and righteousness, on His power and ability. Surety is an interesting word that means “a person who is legally responsible for the debt, default, or delinquency of another.” This applies to God, whose Son gave Himself to pay our sin ransom.
A couple of verses immediately come to mind when we talk about trust:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
which many claim as a ‘life verse,’ and
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
This was my grandmother’s favourite scripture and is one you can often find framed along with a picture of a soaring eagle.
I wonder how many of us could say as the much-afflicted Job did that
God may kill me, but still I will trust him. (Job 13:15a, CEV)
Or could say it and mean it. I would like to be counted in that group, wouldn’t you? Death is more welcome than persecution and torture for sure, but many are being tested and tried in this way in various places around the world. I am thankful for stories of their continuing trust in God; they offer hope and an example to follow.
Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety (Proverbs 29:25).
Trusting in the Lord does not mean a pain-free existence, however. Jesus talks about how choosing to follow Him means taking up His cross (Matthew 16:24).
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people. (Psalm 118:8)
No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced (Psalm 25:3a)
That is totally worth whatever the cost may be.The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:9).
Today’s Prayer: I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13). Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. (Hebrews 10:23) Thank you, God, that trust and hope in You are inextricably linked.