Trusting God can be one of those things that’s easier said than done. When things are going well, trusting God seems like a piece of cake. But when things start to seem scary and overwhelming, trust becomes a little harder.
By trusting God, we recognize some critical truths:
- God knows what we do not
God sees all the pieces and understands how they all fit together. He is uniquely qualified to understand the best possible outcome of various situations.
- Nothing is impossible for God
We often expect various particular outcomes and want God to work in specific ways. But nothing is impossible with God, and He can bring good out of situations in ways we cannot see.
- God deserves our trust
Throughout Scripture, God often reminds Israel about what He’s accomplished for them. The point is clear. If they lose sight of what God has done for them, they’ll struggle to trust God in the future. Our trust is based on God’s character and nature, but also on our past experiences, too.
Here are 25 Bible passages that talk about the importance of trusting God.
1. The Lord is with us. Do not be afraid (Numbers 14:6–9)
Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”
2. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged (Joshua 1:7–9)
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
3. Those who know Your name trust in You (Psalm 9:7–10)
The Lord reigns forever;
he has established his throne for judgment.
He rules the world in righteousness
and judges the peoples with equity.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
4. Some trust in chariots (Psalm 20:7–8)
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.
5. Trust in the Lord and do good (Psalm 37:3–5)
Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this.
6. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord (Psalm 40:4–5)
Blessed is the one
who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods.[b]
Many, Lord my God,
are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.
7. When I am afraid, I put my trust in You (Psalm 56:3–5)
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
8. He is my refuge and my fortress (Psalm 91:1–6)
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
9. Sure the righteous will never be shaken (Psalm 112:6–9)
Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
they will be remembered forever.
They will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,
their righteousness endures forever;
their horn will be lifted high in honor.
10. It’s better to take refuge in the Lord (Psalm 118:8–14)
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in humans.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.
All the nations surrounded me,
but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
They surrounded me on every side,
but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
They swarmed around me like bees,
but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns;
in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
I was pushed back and about to fall,
but the Lord helped me.
The Lord is my strength and my defense;
he has become my salvation.
11. For I have put my trust in You (Psalm 143:8–10)
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
for I hide myself in you.
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.
12. Trust in the Lord with all your heart (Proverbs 3:5–6)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
13. Those who trust themselves are fools (Proverbs 28:26)
Those who trust in themselves are fools,
but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.
14. If I have put my trust in gold (Job 31:24–28)
“If I have put my trust in gold
or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’
if I have rejoiced over my great wealth,
the fortune my hands had gained,
if I have regarded the sun in its radiance
or the moon moving in splendor,
so that my heart was secretly enticed
and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,
then these also would be sins to be judged,
for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.
15. Stop trusting mere humans (Isaiah 2:22)
Stop trusting in mere humans,
who have but a breath in their nostrils.
Why hold them in esteem?
16. Trust in the Lord forever (Isaiah 26:3–4)
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
17. Do not fear, for I am with you (Isaiah 41:10)
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
18. Cursed is the one who trusts in man (Jeremiah 17:5–8)
This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
in a salt land where no one lives.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
19. Don’t let your hearts be troubled (John 14:1)
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.
20. Do not let your hearts be troubled (John 14:27)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
21. God works for the good (Romans 8:28)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
22. As you trust in Him (Romans 15:13)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
23. Do not be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6–7)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
24. Cast all your cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
25. Jesus is always the same (Hebrews 13:6–8)
So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Trusting in God’s makes all the difference
Hebrews 4:16 tells us, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” This is a good reminder that Jesus calls His people to a life that is beyond their abilities. In our own strength, we cannot give, love, serve or tell our story as we should. We need God’s empowerment in order to do God’s will.
We find that empowerment as we lean into the Lord through time in His Word, prayer, fellowship and walking in faith and obedience.
The work the Lord has called us to isn’t easy and requires courage. If you feel like your nerves have been holding you back from sharing your faith, check out the post “3 Tips for Overcoming the Fear of Sharing the Gospel.” It will walk you through some ideas for stepping out in faith.And if you’d like to follow this post up with a primer on the topic of anxiety and worry, take a look at 20 Bible Verses about Fear!