All throughout Scripture we find the trustworthiness of God completely affirmed. Unlike man, God is 100% faithful to His promises to His people and has never done (nor will He ever do) anything to prompt us to be untrusting of Him. For the believer, trusting God is non-negotiable. The whole of our faith is built on our trust in God. One primary way that we can grow our trust in God is by studying God's Word to observe examples of His trustworthiness, and praying that the Holy Spirit will enable us to absorb and truly believe all that God has revealed to us through Scripture.
Trust In His Power & Might
Imagine the Israelites running for their lives. I'm sure they could see their adversaries chasing them not too far behind. I can fathom the fear they must've felt as the Egyptians closed in on them. And then suddenly, out of nowhere, the perfect escape route is instantly made available to them as God parts the Red Sea and makes a straightway path for them to cross. And not only does this path serve as an opportune way of escape for the Israelites, but it also serves as one of the most well-known "boobytraps" in history. Just as the Egyptians began to pursue the Israelites across the path, God closes the sea and the Egyptians meet their destruction. As we can see, God was faithful in saving the Israelites from persecution by the Egyptians. It was not by the Israelites' power or might that they escaped the Egyptians. God was the sole source of this victory. This is just one showing of God's power and might. As you walk through Scripture, with every flip of a page, you'll see God's powerfulness displayed over and over, again.
Trust In His Immeasurable & Unfailing Love
"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). The revelation and evidence of God's love for us is illustrated through Christ's death on the cross. God did not wait until we did something spectacular to save us; instead, He saved us in the midst of our sin. He showed His sincere, unmerited love to us by sending His Son to atone for our sin before we got it right. In his book "The Cross of Christ", John Stott eloquently captures the essence of God's love by stating the following: "God could quite justly have abandoned us to our fate. He could have left us alone to reap the fruit of our wrongdoing and to perish in our sins. It is what we deserved. But he did not. Because he loved us, he came after us in Christ. He pursued us even to the desolate anguish of the cross, where he bore our sins, guilt, judgment, and death. It takes a hard and stony heart to remain unmoved by love like that" (p.85).
Trust In His Way of Saving Us
Since the fall of man, we've been a rebellious people. We have broken the laws of God in ways unimaginable. We rightfully deserve death. But God, in His brilliance, executed the perfect plan of justice and mercy. The cross is where God's love and justice meet. In Christ, the full penalty of sin was paid. And simultaneously, all who believe were imputed true righteousness and placed in right standing before God. There is nothing that we could have done or can do to justify ourselves before God. It is only through Christ's righteousness that we are reconciled to Him. Christ’s atoning work on the cross was sufficient, substantial, and satisfactory. He took on the full wrath of God and received the full measure of punishment for sin on our behalf. And in the most merciful way, He clothe us in righteousness and placed us in right standing before God. God saved us! And we can fully trust that God's way of saving us is sufficient and satisfactory! Praise be to God for His grace and mercy!