Trust in the Lord
Proverbs 3: 5, 6 -- Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
This verse is the best place to start when we want to study the benefits of trusting in God. We are exhorted to trust in the Lord with all our heart. We don't reserve a little bit of it to trusting in something else. We are not to look to our senses or to our intellect for support, but only to God. If (a condition) we acknowledge God in everything we do, He will direct our paths.
Psalm 37: 3, 4, 5 -- Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
When we trust in the Lord, He not only meets our needs, but also give us the desires of our heart.
The Bible mentions many benefits of trusting in God. Here are just a few of those benefits:
1. HAPPINESS: Proverbs 16: 20 -- He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
The United States Declaration of Independence states that all people have the right of "the pursuit of happiness". If you really wish to acquire happiness, rather than pursuing it, trust in the Lord.
2. SPIRITUAL 'FATNESS' OR HEALTH: Proverbs 28: 25 -- He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat [spiritually].
3. SAFETY: Proverbs 29: 25 -- The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
If you are not trusting in God, you will have fear which you snare you. Trusting in God ensures safety.
4. MERCY: Psalm 32: 10 -- Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.
This verse states that you will be surrounded by mercy if you trust in the Lord.
5. DELIVERANCE: Psalm 22: 4, 5 -- Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
The Old Testament believers, when they trusted in God, were delivered from their enemies. We can also be delivered and rescued from things that attempt to oppress us today, if we trust in the Lord.
6. HELP: Psalm 28: 7 -- The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.
7. REJOICING: Psalm 5: 11 -- But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
Trusting in God means that He will take care of us. We have no reason to worry about anything, and should have plenty of time to be joyful and rejoice.
8. REFUGE: Psalm 62: 8 -- Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Psalm 91: 2 -- I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Trusting in God provides a refuge for us. In times of trouble or sorrow He is there to protect us.
9. SALVATION: Isaiah 12: 2 -- Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
10. GUILTLESS: Psalms 34: 22 -- The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate [guilty].
11. PEACE AND STRENGTH: Isaiah 26: 3, 4 -- Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:
Trusting only in God brings perfect peace. There is nothing else in the world to trust that can bring peace.
12. NO FEAR: Psalm 56: 3, 4 -- What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God have I put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
Psalm 56: 11 -- In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
Psalm 112: 7 -- He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.
Have you seen the decals that some people have on the windows of their trucks? The decals say "NO FEAR". If you really want NO FEAR, you don't need any decals, just trust in the Lord. We never need to be afraid of any person, or of evil news. Our mind is fixed, unmovable, trusting in the Lord. Here's a better saying that has truth behind it: "Know God = No Fear".
The Bible also tells us that we should trust in the Word of God since God is His Word. Trusting in the power of God's Word is trusting in the Lord.
Psalm 119: 42 -- So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
By trusting in the Word of God, we have the answer to every turn of events that may happen.
All of the previous examples were from the Old Testament. There are also records in the Gospels which concludes/fulfills the Law, and the New Testament on the benefits we receive when we trust only in God.
Matthew 6: 31 - 34 -- Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Jesus was telling the people to put God first in their lives. That was the only way to insure that all their needs would be met. Worrying about finances, their job, or whatever, is unbelief. With unbelief, there is no trust in God.
II Corinthians 1: 8, 9, 10 -- For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
Paul and some other believers ran into a lot of trouble in Asia. They couldn't trust in their own ability to save themselves. If they did, they never would have made it. It was only by trusting in God, constantly and on a daily basis, that they were delivered.
II Corinthians 3: 4, 5 -- And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
Trusting in ourselves does not make us sufficient. Trusting in God is the answer.
Why can we trust in God? Because He is all light.
I John 1: 5 -- This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
God cannot do evil. God is also our Father, and we have His gift of holy spirit within us. Our earthly fathers are human and can make mistakes. That can never happen with God, so we can always trust Him completely. So, for now, and in conclusion of this teaching, we will return to the Old Testament.
The Bible very clearly shows the contrast between trusting in worldly things versus trusting in the Lord.
Proverbs 11: 28 -- He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
We can 'fall', or we can 'flourish', depending on whether we put our trust in riches or in God.
Proverbs 28: 26 -- He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
Someone who trusts solely in his own abilities is a fool.
Psalms 146: 3 -- Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
Jeremiah 17: 5 - 8 -- Thus saith the Lord: Cursed be the man that [who] trusteth in man, and maketh flesh [the five senses] his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Trusting in man will leave you parched, high, and dry. Trusting in the Lord means you will have comfort, no want, and will always bear fruit.
II Samuel 22: 3 -- The God of my Rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.