By Warren B. Smith
“Trusting God,” for a serious Christian, means trusting the God of the Holy Bible. And the Bible is very explicit about who God is and how and why He is worthy of our complete and total trust. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Matthew 22:32). He is the One who created the world and all living things (Genesis 1:1). He loved the world so much that He sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world that whosoever believes in Him can have everlasting life (John 3:16). His attributes, works, commandments, and teachings are clearly put forth in Scripture. However, our Spiritual Adversary is continually challenging and attempting to change God’s teachings and our understanding of who God is. In so doing, this deceiver’s ultimate purpose is to undermine our trust in the God of the Bible.
Scripture records that when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He resisted the Devil’s temptations by standing on God’s Word. “It is written” was Jesus’ straightforward rebuttal to Satan’s twisted proposals. And when questioned or reproached by others, our response as believers should always be the same (Psalm 119:42). Whatever the cost and without any compromise, we are to trust God in all that we do and say. John H. Sammis’s 1887 hymn Trust and Obey reminds us that the only way to be happy in Jesus is to trust and obey.
When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.
Louisa Stead’s hymn—Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus (1882)—helps us remember that we trust in Jesus by just taking Him at His Word:
Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise;
Just to know “Thus saith the Lord.
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!
Surely, it is easy to trust in God when things are going well, but we must continue that trust when things are not going so well. The following selected Bible verses affirm why we need to maintain our trust in God—both in season and out of season. (To read this entire article, which is also in booklet format, click here.)
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