Trust. A little word that carries huge significance. Trust involves confidence, reliability and belief in someone or something, and despite not being physical or tangible, trusting is an internally motivated decision that says, “Hey, I can count on you.”
As believers of Christ, this should be our inherent dialogue from the moment that we decide to walk with Him. Our confidence, belief and motivations should not be placed in our work, finances, friends or family, but rather the unwavering, unfaltering firm foundation of God’s love. Granted, this can be quite tough! The world in which we live today is often so wrapped up in ideals and picture-perfect ‘goals’ that it can be really difficult to place our assurance, hope and trust in things above, things that transcend far beyond worldly desires, things that are often unseen.
Trusting in God may not be as easy as it seems, it sometimes requires real grit and discipline, but to help you out and encourage you to keep trusting in Him, here are Hosea’s top five verses to strengthen your trust in Jesus and hopefully embolden you in your faith!
1) Isaiah 26:3 - “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.”
A steadfast mind does not stumble or falter but rather is one that is firm and grounded in its truth. As a Christian, your truth should be the gospel and a steadfast mind can be achieved by fixating on Jesus. Ultimately, God is the be-all and end-all, the alpha and omega, the fundamental foundational pillar and so all you need to do, as His child, is surrender with humility at His feet, and place all your faith, hope and conviction in Him.
Notice how if we place our trust in God, He will ‘keep’ us, (i.e. hold, nurture and carry us), not in chaos, fear or even mediocrity, but in perfect peace.
The Hebrew word for peace, ‘shalom’, means harmony, wholeness, prosperity and tranquillity, and all you have to do to receive that is place your complete trust in Him.
2) Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Often we can’t see the road ahead and we certainly can’t predict the future – this is when it becomes so easy to put our faith, hope and trust into worldly things rather than the things of God. But the glorious reminder given to us in this verse is that we need not worry about what the future holds, because the Lord knows the plans for us, and those plans are good! The only thing required of us is to trust Him. To let Him hold us and truly accept that His plans can and will be greater than ours ever could be.
3) Job 42:2 – “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”
Trust requires belief, and belief requires knowledge. When you truly know and understand who Jesus is and what His nature entails, then you can sincerely trust Him. This verse highlights this point when you know that God can do all things and that His plan surpasses our own, only then can we really count on Him, because we have a strong belief in Him and His ways.
4) Isaiah 58:11 – “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”
Look at what God does when you put your trust in Him! Trusting in Him and letting Him guide you means that you will always be sustained by God and will be continually satisfied. No matter how dry, desolate or sun-scorched the land you are in is, your hope in Jesus will allow you to quench your thirst and indulge in all the fresh living water that He provides.
Trusting in Him means accepting His guidance and provision and this requires surrender, humility and confidence in His plans. If you want to be like a well-watered garden, overflowing with fruitfulness and satisfaction, then surrender to the Lord and put your trust in Him!
5) Psalm 46:10 – “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
As we mentioned before, belief involves knowledge and once you know something, it becomes a lot easier to trust it. Here, God is telling us to be still and know that He is God … we don’t even need to do anything! ‘Being still’ simply means sitting in His presence, allowing Him to be in control, and trusting that He’s got this – it’s as simple as that!