The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:7
Why should we trust God?
We can’t see him or feel him. We can’t physically hear his voice. How do we know he will help us and provide for us? Here are 11 powerful reasons to trust him:
1. We can trust God because he is infinitely holy and righteous.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. Psalm 145:17
Because God is holy and righteous he always does the right thing. And he will always do the right thing for us. The right thing, the best thing, the thing that will bring the most good and blessing into our lives. God never does anything wrong. If he were to tell us to trust him then not follow through that would be unrighteous. But God is not capable of doing anything wrong or treating us in any way that is not perfectly righteous. Therefore we can trust him completely.
2. We can trust God because he is infinitely loving and good.
The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. Psalm 145:9
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Everything that God does in our lives is because he loves us infinitely. He has demonstrated that love by sending his son Jesus to die for us. It may not always feel like he loves us but he has proven his love for us on the cross. Anyone who would love us so much that he would send his only Son to die for us is worthy of our trust. And similarly, Jesus is worthy of our trust because he was willing to become a human, be subject to every kind of temptation, then suffer and give up his life and bear God‘s wrath in our place. Anyone who would do that for us is worthy of our trust.
3. We can trust God because he is all-powerful.
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 1 Chronicles 29:11
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16
No one can stop the almighty, sovereign God from fulfilling his plans. God created all things and controls all things. Jesus upholds the universe by the word of his power (Hebrews 1:3). God controls the weather, history, and every single thing that happens, great and small. He directs the hearts of leaders like channels of water (Proverbs 21:1). Even our weaknesses and failures can’t stop God from fulfilling his plans.
4. We should trust God because he has proven his trustworthiness over and over in the past
The Bible is a treasure trove of stories of God‘s faithfulness to his people. One of the greatest examples is Joseph. He was sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt, then just when things seemed to be going well he was unjustly accused and thrown into prison. But God was faithful and brought him out of prison and caused Pharaoh to promote him to the number two position in all of Egypt.
God was faithful to Israel when they were slaves in Egypt and had no hope of escaping. He afflicted the Egyptians with plagues and brought his people out of there slavery. He split the Red Sea. He rained down manna from heaven and refreshed them with water from a rock.
And God kept his promise to bring his people into the promised land and defeat all their enemies.
God was faithful to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego when Nebuchadnezzar threw them into the fiery furnace. God kept them safe. So safe that their clothing didn’t even smell like fire.
God displays his faithfulness again and again in the Bible. We can trust him because he will be faithful to us.
5. We can trust God because he knows what is best for us.
God is all – knowing. He knows the best timing to answer our prayers. He knows what is best for us – the best job for us, the best spouse for us, the best church for us, etc. and he promises to counsel and guide us.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8
What a promise! The God who knows all things, promises to personally instruct, teach, and counsel us in what is best for us. He never takes his eye off us.
6. We can trust God because he has purposed to make us like Christ
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Romans 8:29
God’s ultimate plan for us is to conform us to the likeness of his son. That’s his ultimate goal for us. What more could we desire them to be made like Christ? So when we walk through hard times or things don’t go our way, or when we have to wait for God to answer our prayers, we can trust that he is making us more and more into the image of his Son.
7. We can trust God because all his plans for us are good.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
God has all kinds of plans for us – plans to bless us, plans for our welfare, plans for our joy. And nothing can stop God from fulfilling his plans for us. We make plans but we can’t guarantee they will come about. But nothing can stop God from fulfilling his plans for us. We can trust him to fulfill his every plan for our lives in his perfect timing.
8. We can trust God because he never lies or changes his mind.
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? Numbers 23:19
Humans are sinful and often lie. Humans make promises they have no intention of keeping. Even Christians often make promises then forget to do them. But God never lies or forgets to keep his word. We can trust God that he will fulfill every promise he has made for us.
9. We can trust God because he did the big thing so he will do all lesser things for us.
I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10
God told Israel that if he would bring them out of slavery in Egypt, they should ask him for their every need. He did the big thing so he would be happy to meet all their needs.
God did the big thing – the biggest thing – for us – he saved us and rescued us from hell, paid for all our sins and adopted us as his children. Certainly he will provide our daily bread. Certainly he will give us all we need. If we trusted him for our salvation, we can trust him for everything else in our lives.
10. We can trust God because when comes through for us it brings glory to his name.
If we got everything we asked for the moment we asked for it we would not appreciate God‘s power and timing and glory. But God always does what will bring the most glory to his name. We can rest assured that God will do whatever will bring himself the most glory in our lives. And there is nothing we should desire more than that God be glorified in us. Trust him. He is working in you for his glory.
11. Finally we should trust God because he is our heavenly Father.
Our loving heavenly Father who adopted us. Who loved us so much he sent his Son to suffer and die for us that he might adopt us as his children. He loves us with an infinite love, so he will protect, care for and bless his children.
…casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Isn’t it incredible? The Creator of the universe cares about each one of his children – personally, deeply, intensely. When we know someone truly cares for us, we trust them. No one cares more for you than your heavenly Father.
Jesus tells us that our Father cares even for sparrows (Matthew 6:26); how much more does he care for his children.
When we trust in God he will never disappoint us.
He will never let us down. We often need to wait patiently, and sometimes we need to wait for a long time, but God will be faithful in the end. We can trust him.