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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.


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 LEB
But as for me, I have trusted in your steadfast love. My heart will rejoice in your deliverance.
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Trust in God’s salvation

Isaiah 12:2 LEB
Look! God is my salvation; I will trust, and I will not be afraid, for my strength and might is Yah, Yahweh; and he has become salvation for me.”
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Trust nurtured by God’s revealed truth

Proverbs 22:19–21 LEB
In order for your trust to be in Yahweh, I have made them known to you today—even you. Have I not written for you thirty sayings with admonitions and knowledge? In order to show you what is right—sayings of truth— in order to return a true saying to 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 LEB
And Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit!” And after he said this, he expired.
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King Hezekiah’s trust in God

2 Kings 18:5–7 LEB
He trusted in Yahweh the God of Israel; there was no one like him, before or after, among all the kings of Judah. He held on to Yahweh; he did not depart from following him, and he kept his commands that Yahweh had commanded Moses. Yahweh was with him; everywhere he went, he succeeded. 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


Isaiah 26:3–4 LEB
You will protect a firm inclination in peace, in peace because he trusts in you. Trust in Yahweh forever, for in Yah, Yahweh you have an everlasting rock.
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Psalm 37:3 LEB
Trust Yahweh and do good. Abide in the land and feed on faithfulness.
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Protection from danger

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Freedom from fear

Psalm 27:1 LEB
Yahweh is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Yahweh is the refuge of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
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In the OT material prosperity is often seen as a sign of the spiritual wealth that belongs to those who trust God; ;



Physical life

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Trust in people

God’s servants entrusted with responsibility

1 Corinthians 4:1–2 LEB
Thus let a person consider us as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. In this case, moreover, it is sought in stewards that one be found faithful.
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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 LEB
And Joseph found favor in his eyes and he served him. Then he appointed him over his house and all that he owned he put into his hand.
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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