By Aaron Brown, Crosswalk.com
One particular Bible story that speaks to the value of trust occurs in Matthew 8. Jesus is on board a boat with his disciples. He’s asleep, but the others or not and the text informs us that a severe storm is taking place. Somehow, Jesus’s rest remains undisturbed during the storm. The disciples, on the other hand, are panicking. They were worked into such a frenzy that they awoke Jesus.
We can also experience a great calm, but that calmness comes from trust in the Lord. And trust can only be established when we replace fears in possibilities with certainties of God.
Why Should Christians Trust God?
This story of Jesus’ acts is but one example of the significance of trust in the Bible. Trust is an important lesson to learn because as the disciples reveal, literal and metaphorical storms occur throughout life.
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33)
Storms are an inevitable part of life, but our responses are not inevitable. We have a choice. One option is to react, responding in fear to misfortunes. Or believers can be more like Jesus, staying calm and waiting for the storm to pass.
20 Important Bible Verses about Trusting God
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
There are moments where we as believers want to solve our own problems. We may be facing impatience or simply think that’s what God desires. This verse informs us that sometimes we do not have the solution.
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humanity.” (Psalm 118:8)
Human beings are fallible, but God is not. God offers salvation, and humans do not.
“I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken.” (Psalm 62:1-2)
Trust in God offers a firm foundation for faith. With faith, we do not have to be shaken with doubt.
“Keep your life free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, I will never leave you or abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
One significant reason for maintaining trust in God is His promise to never abandon His people. When relationships fail or disappointments occur, we can know with certainty that God will never leave.
“...the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
God’s love has persisted throughout the generations of Israel and continues now, and everafter.
“Consider the ravens: They don’t sow or reap; they don’t have a storeroom or a barn; yet God feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than the birds?” (Luke 12:24)
Jesus makes a great point to indicate how The Father cares graciously for the animals, here the example are ravens. God’s relationship with humanity is much more intimate. If God cares so much for animals, then His care for people is far greater.
“Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s consent.” (Matthew 10:29)
This verse shows that while free will exists, God maintains control over everything. That truth is especially important when things occur in our lives that are unfavorable and out of our control. God is always in control and that will never change. No matter how big or small the issue is.
“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before him. God is our refuge.” (Psalm 62:8)
God is trustworthy at all times. Maintaining trust in Him is not limited to moments where life is going well. We are called to trust in him “at all times.”
“When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4)
When trust is present, fear has less room to occupy the heart and mind of a believer.
God has good plans for those who follow Him. This means that while trials and tribulations do find us, God’s good plans will always find their way into our lives.
“Therefore I tell you, everything you pray and ask for—believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)
With the Christian prayer comes an expectancy and anticipation that God will answer. We can apply this knowledge to our prayers, but also must acknowledge that God will fulfill our desires that align with His own, not desires that contradict His will.
“But I have trusted in your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in your deliverance.” (Psalm 13:5)
This verse comes after David expresses deep lamenting about issues in his life. Despite the calamity, trust can be maintained because God’s love is not reflective of the problems we face.
“You will keep the mind that is dependent on you in perfect peace, for it is trusting in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
Trials and tribulations give us two options: give into fear or give into God.
“The person who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed. He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)
Bad circumstances do not have to make us into worse people. We can not only maintain our disposition but grow in the process.
“Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
This is one of multiple commands in Scripture to not give to fear. God’s preferred option for us is trust.
“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
God makes use of all our experiences to mold us into better people.
“Commit your activities to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3)
When we choose God over self, we know that great outcomes are in store.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Just like the verse on trust from Proverbs 3, we are not all-wise. However, God is wisdom. We can rely on Him to direct us.
“Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25)
This is another great reminder that God will willing to take care of our needs, basic or otherwise.
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” (Psalm 37:5)
To trust in the Lord means that when we pray we are confident that God will act on our behalf.
Conclusion of Trusting God from Scripture
The more informed we can be as Christians, the more we will be able to understand why trust is essential in our faith. Considering how Jesus handled the storm in Matthew 8, we know through Scripture that we do not have to be tossed about by any calamity we encounter. Through God, we know not only do we have a choice but because of Jesus we will always be granted a beneficial outcome. However, that outcome is largely influenced by how we respond to the storm. Knowing Scripture verses that mention trust will serve to remind us in moments of doubt why and how we can trust God. Once we are able to trust God, our faith will not be threatened no matter what we face in life.
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Aaron Brown is a freelance writer, hip-hop dance teacher, and visual artist, living in Virginia. He currently contributes work to iBelieve, Crosswalk, and supports various clients through the platform Upwork. He's an outside-the-box thinker with a penchant for challenging the status quo.