This year for the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge I have chosen a single word for each letter of the alphabet. Each of these words is important in the Bible. I am including a story in each post. Links from biblical references go to Bible Gateway.
Trust is related to belief. The difference is that belief may be only in the mind. Trust involves what is usually referred to in the Bible as the heart. This is the centre of one’s being, the emotions and perhaps the will. The statements made at baptism include the words ‘I believe and trust.’ Trust leads to obedience.
Trust appears in the Bible about 170 times including words like trustworthy and trusted. Many of the verses in the Bible about trust include a promise.
The Book of Job speaks of trust, as do many Psalms, Proverbs and many of the prophets.
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Psalm 9:10 And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 13:5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
Psalm 32:10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD. (steadfast = enduring)
Proverbs 16:20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.
Isaiah links trust with ceasing to be afraid and having peace. Isaiah 12:2 and Isaiah 26:3
Isaiah 30:15 in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.
In the New Testament there are references to the words written in the Bible being trustworthy. 1 Timothy 1:15, 1 Timothy 4:8-10, 2 Timothy 2:11, Titus 1:9, Titus 3:8, Revelation 21:5 and Revelation 22:6
Hezekiah, King of Judah
After the reign of King Solomon, the son of King David, the kingdom was split into two. A succession of kings (and one queen) ruled Judah from Jerusalem, while the northern kingdom of Israel was ruled by other kings in Samaria.
Hezekiah became King of Judah at the age of 25 years. His father, King Ahaz, had not put his trust in God.
Hezekiah immediately began to put things to rights. He reinstated worship of the Lord in the temple in obedience to the rules handed down from the times of King David and King Solomon.
Passover was celebrated with crowds of people gathered from Israel and Judah in a way that had not been done for years. Not all the people invited to celebrate Passover bothered to travel to Jerusalem*. Afterwards the people of Israel destroyed all the idols that had been worshipped previously on the high places. Then they went home.
Hezekiah did what was good and right and faithful in obedience to God’s laws. He sought God wholeheartedly and prospered. (Faith is similar to trust, often implying loyalty as well.)
When a foreign power threatened Jerusalem Hezekiah looked for guidance and made a plan. He made it difficult for an invading army to find water. He refused to listen to the blasphemous lies the enemy told about the God he worshipped. They said God had as little power as the idols the neighbouring nations worshipped. Hezekiah’s people proved that they trusted him by obeying his order not to answer the taunts of the enemy.
Hezekiah and Isaiah prayed urgently to God. Hezekiah asked God to show the nations of the world that he alone was God. Then God acted by sending an angel of death. All the leaders and fighting men of the enemy were found dead in their tents, one hundred and eighty-five thousand of them! The Assyrian king, Sennacherib, withdrew to his own country where he met his own death.
Hezekiah became dangerously ill, but recovered after pleading with God, who granted him 15 more years of life. Hezekiah’s prayer is recorded in Isaiah 38:10-20
*See Letter K for another story about ignoring an invitation.