The Bible is full of verses that tell us to trust God. The one that come to my mind immediately is Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord will all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” There will be many times in our lives when we are put in situations where we must trust God. During those times, our enemy the devil delights in throwing darts of doubt at our minds. The Bible tells us to use our shield of faith to resist those darts. (Ephesians 6: 16) Earlier today, it helped me to write down a list of the reasons that I can trust God with the questions, hurts, difficulties, and trials of my life, and so I am sharing my list with you. I know you may be able to add to this list, and I welcome your comments and feedback so that we can build a fuller list. But for starters, here is my list of reasons that I know that I can trust God:
- God is love. He doesn’t just love (as a verb); He is love! He loved me so much that He gave his only son to die for me that I might have salvation & eternal life. (John 3:16) If there was room for only one reason & verse, this one alone would suffice. I can trust God because He is 100% love!
- God is also powerful; He can do anything. Jeremiah 32:17 tells us, “Oh, Lord God! You yourself made the heavens and earth by your great power and with your outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for you!” Jesus himself told us that all things are possible with God. (Matthew 19:26) I can trust God because there is nothing that He cannot do! To put it in terms of comparing God’s power to my own limited power, Ephesians 3:20 tells us that God can do “exceedingly abundantly” above all that we ask of Him, or are even able to think that He could/might do! I can trust God because He has the power to do even greater things that I have the ability to imagine!
- God cannot do wrong. Job 34:10 tells me, “Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding, it is impossible for God to do wrong and for the Almighty to act unjustly. Sometimes, people I know have made wrong choices and/or made mistakes. If it happens often enough, I have begun to not trust them. However, I can trust God because what He does is always right and good; God will never make a mistake! Sometimes, I may not understand what He is doing or why He is doing it, but I can trust that it is the right thing to do! And in the end, He will work all things together for good. (Romans 8:28)
- God is a compassionate God. This really goes along with love, but I like to list it separately. Psalm 103:13-14 tells me that “As a father has compassion on his children so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him. For he knows what we are made of remembering that we are dust.” This comforts me because we live in a world where kindness and compassion seem to be found in decreasing amounts. I can trust God because I know that He knows my weaknesses, and He will show me compassion.
- God keeps His promises. The Bible has many, many references to things that God promises to us, but I know people in my world who make a lot of promises. Yet, I rarely see one fulfilled. God, however, keeps His word. 2 Timothy 2:13 tells us that “God is faithful; He cannot deny himself.” Hebrews 10:23 also tells that, “He who promised is faithful.” I can trust God because anything that He has promised to do, He will do it. He keeps His Word!
- I can trust God because He never sleeps, and is never too busy. I have some friends in my life who I trust as much as anyone of us here on earth can be trusted. However, sometimes they do sleep at night, and during the day, they are sometimes busy. I might need them desperately, but I cannot reach them at certain times. God, however, never sleeps (Psalm 121:4) and when we call on him, He has promised to answer (Jeremiah 33:3). I can trust God because He will always be ready, willing, and able to listen to me.
- I can trust God because He is everywhere. There is no where that I can be, that He will not be there. (Proverbs 15:3, Jeremiah 23:24, Psalm 139:7-10) There were some people in Wichita that I could trust to help me…if they were awake and not busy, and in once case, especially, I know that at times he set aside his own work to help me. However, he is in Wichita as I write this; he is not here. He, like the rest of my human friends, is limited by time and space. God is not. He is everywhere. I can trust Him to be present wherever I am with all of His knowledge and power.
It has helped me to make this list to refer to. I hope it will help you to be assured that when God says to trust Him as He does in Proverb 3:5, we have many reasons that we can do that!