I’m thankful to have another opportunity to share some more Bible verses with you that have inspired me. This time I would like to focus on the subject of trust. I recently did a study about Caleb, one of the 12 spies sent by Moses to assess the land of Canaan. We don’t hear a lot about Caleb, but on this occasion, when the Israelites were on the border of Canaan, his name comes to light. The spies, who were actually leaders of their perspective tribes, made a 40-day journey to search the land God had promised would be the Israelites’ home. Sadly, only two of the spies returned with a positive report. Caleb was one of the two; Joshua was the other.
The children of Israel believed the negative reports of the other ten spies and as a result they never entered Canaan because of their lack of faith and trust in God. In spite of all the miracles He had done and all of the ways He had provided for them and protected them from their enemies, they still didn’t trust. In time, all from that generation died in the wilderness, except for Caleb and Joshua. Of, Caleb, the Lord said, “But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it’ (Num. 14:24). What was the “other spirit” within him? I think it was a spirit of trust. Caleb had learned through time and change to trust God. Caleb knew how to do what so many of use fail to do.
Why is it so hard for us to trust God when He is everything to us? We repeatedly see evidences of His presence and power in our lives and yet, in our darkest hours we fail to trust Him. When we’re hopelessly lost and turned around backwards, we forget His presence and His guiding and lean on the arm of flesh instead on leaning on Him. He is not just the God of the past; He is still our God today. Could it be that it is hard for us to trust Him because we’re so determined to do things our way? Perhaps. Let’s remember that as we reflect on these Bible verses that speak of trust.
Joshua 1:9 – “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
The hymnwriter, Louisa M. R. Stead, said, “‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word”. Was that Caleb’s secret? He trusted God because he know how to take Him at His word. Where is my courage? Why am I fearful when He has told me not to be afraid? Can I face a giant today that He cannot handle? Lord, help me to be like Caleb and find the sweetness that comes from trusting You.
Psalms 32:22 – “The Lord redeemeth the soul of His servants: and none of them that trust in Him shall be desolate.”
I drove to the lake, just to spend some quality time out in nature. I had not been to this particular area before but I had heard about it and was anxiously anticipating its beauty. But alas, I was disappointed to find that the lake had been drained for the season. It was barren and…desolate. God, is that how my soul becomes when I don’t trust You? Do I become drained of the water of Life and am left desolate? You have redeemed me because You love me. Help me to know that this is enough.
Psalms 37:5 – “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.”
All things must pass. I am often too impatient to let the “all things” do their passing. One sure thing life will teach us is that our days here on earth are not static. Time passes and as it does, so do the things we fear. God knows our instability. That is why we must commit our lives to Him. We must trust Him to be our stability, the strong tower on which we can lean until it-whatever the it may be-passes.
Psalms 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God.”
Learning to trust God often involves doing nothing. I have a lot of misdirected energy. I want to be efficient and productive but somehow I feel that God’s needs my assistance, so I’m busy “helping” Him. All I really need to do is be still. Be still so He can teach me. Be still so I can hear His voice. Be still and let Him teach me how to trust Him.
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.”
Do you sing when you’re content? I do. Actually, I even sing when I’m not content. God has been my strength and my song. The more I step out on faith and trust Him, the bolder my song will become. My voice will soar upwards towards the One who has been my salvation. Revelation 15:3 speaks of a time when God’s children will sing the song of Moses and of the Lamb. Shall I sing a song for the One who has been my strength and my song? Lord, tune my heart and let it be so.
Psalms 146:3 – “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.”
People will let you down. I don’t think they really intend to. It just happens that way. You wake up one day realizing that they are just as human as you are, that they are suffering with issues just like you are, and they are as helpless to deliver themselves as you are. We all need Jesus. We all must one day come before the judgment seat of God. Praise God, we are saved by His grace!
Job 13:15 – “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him: but I will maintain mine own ways before Him.”
Is our trust strong enough even unto death? Job’ said that even if God allowed him to die, he would still trust him. The three Hebrew boys also trusted God when they faced the fiery furnace. Their faith and trust in God meant more than the flames. Joshua and Caleb, the only two spies out of a dozen, trusted God enough to claim the land of promise in spite of the giants. Lord, teach me to trust You. You are bigger than the giants, the boils, and the flames, but if You must allow them in order for me to learn to trust, then so be it.
I found it Interesting that the word trust is not in the book of Revelation. That tells me I need to learn to trust God now, before He comes again, before perilous times come to the earth. When Jesus returns to take His children home, those who are ready for His appearing will already know how to trust in Him and their faith will be strong.
We are told in Nahum 1:7 that God knows them that trust in Him. How well do you trust God? Let’s learn to be more like Caleb, trusting God in spite of the giants we face every day. It’s just a matter of getting to know Him better, a matter of growing in His grace.
Click below to read more:
“My Favorite Inspirational Bible Verses”
All Scripture references taken from King James Version of the Bible
The book of Numbers, Chapters 13 and 14
Stead, Louisa M.R., “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” (1882)