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Importance of trust

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Scripture emphasises the importance of putting one’s trust in God. This trust, which is nurtured by an understanding of God’s revealed truth, finds expression in a life lived according to his purpose. There are examples in Scripture of proper trust being placed in other people.

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Grounds for trust in God

Trust in God’s power and strength

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Trust in God’s unfailing love

Psalm 13:5 NASB95
But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
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Trust in God’s salvation

Isaiah 12:2 NASB95
“Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.”
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Trust nurtured by God’s revealed truth

Proverbs 22:19–21 NASB95
So that your trust may be in the Lord, I have taught you today, even you. Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge, To make you know the certainty of the words of truth That you may correctly answer him who sent you?
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Expressions of trust in God

Praise and worship

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Perseverance in faith

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Holding on to God’s promise

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Jesus Christ’s trust in the Father

Luke 23:46 NASB95
And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last.
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King Hezekiah’s trust in God

2 Kings 18:5–7 NASB95
He trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel; so that after him there was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor among those who were before him. For he clung to the Lord; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord had commanded Moses. And the Lord was with him; wherever he went he prospered. And he rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.
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Further examples of trust in God

Ruth; the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; Daniel; the meek and humble; members of the NT churches

The results of trusting in God

Peace

Isaiah 26:3–4 NASB95
“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. “Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.
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Security

Psalm 37:3 NASB95
Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
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Protection from danger

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Freedom from fear

Psalm 27:1 NASB95
The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?
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Prosperity

In the OT material prosperity is often seen as a sign of the spiritual wealth that belongs to those who trust God; ;

Strength

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Physical life

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Trust in people

God’s servants entrusted with responsibility

1 Corinthians 4:1–2 NASB95
Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.
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Trust at home and work

A good wife gives her husband confidence; Employees should be trustworthy.

Examples of trusting others

Genesis 39:4 NASB95
So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge.
See also ; Moses to be trusted by Israel; the gatekeepers appointed by David and Samuel; Nehemiah is trusted by Artaxerxes to return to Jerusalem; Daniel given responsibility; Paul’s confidence in Epaphroditus; Timothy to find others to be entrusted to teach the gospel

Continued trust in those who fail

God re-appoints Jonah despite earlier disobedience.
See also Jesus Christ reinstates Peter after his denial; Barnabas gives John Mark a second chance.
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