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One of the two main elements of faith (the other, belief), trust is reliance on the character or ability of another.

In Scripture

In the Psalms "And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you" (Ps. 9:10). "But I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation" (Ps. 13:5). "Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God" (Ps. 20:7). "Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security" (Ps. 37:3) "[W]hen I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I am not afraid; what can flesh do to me?" (Ps. 56:3 - 4). "On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God" (Ps. 62:7). "You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, `My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust'" (Ps. 91:1 - 2). "Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul" (Ps. 143:8).

Proverbs "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths" (Prov. 3:5 - 6). "Those who trust in their own wits are fools; but those who walk in wisdom come through safely" (Prov. 28:26).

Blessing for those who trust in God "Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace — in peace because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock" (Isa. 26:3 - 4). "Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord" (Jer. 17:7). "The Lord is good, a stronghold in a day of trouble; he protects those who take refuge in him" (Nahum 1:7).

Trust and belief "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me" (John 14:1). "Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life" (2 Cor. 3:4 - 6). "For to this end we toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe" (1 Tim. 4:10). "Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, "I will never leave you or forsake you." So we can say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?" (Heb. 13:5 - 6).

Points to Ponder

Trust and belief The classic distinction between belief and trust (the two main elements of faith) is that belief attaches to presumed facts. I believe that George Washington was the first American president. But trust attaches, mostly, to persons. I believe in God. Belief may be accurate or inaccurate. Trust may be justified or unjustified. Belief attaches mostly to persons. I may also trust some things. I trust this bridge to hold my car and all the other cars on it. But even then, I am actually trusting architects, builders, and inspectors.

In Scripture, believers often express trust in God's faithfulness. God will not forsake us. God will not abandon us. God's love is steadfast. Belief in God's faithfulness often depends on a knowledge of God's mighty acts within the history of salvation. God led us out of Egypt. God led us to the promised land. We may therefore trust God to save us again.

Images of a trusted God often suggest safety. God is our refuge, our fortress, our stronghold, our everlasting rock.

When things go wrong Because believers trust God, when life goes wrong, believers are dismayed. Where is God? Why did God not prevent this? How long will God be silent? Believers lament because they trust and because their trust has been shaken.

Trusting Jesus Christ Trust in God is a constant Scriptural theme. But in the New Testament, we find a special emphasis on trusting Jesus Christ. ("Believe in God, believe also in me.") Over the centuries, Christian confessions have emphasized that Jesus Christ is the immediate "target" of our trust. We cling to Jesus Christ, our Savior. We believe in "Christ and all his benefits." Of these benefits, justification and sanctification predominate.

Trust is a staple of a good life. We trust our spouse to be faithful, our friends to be loyal, our parents and children to be honorable. We trust airline pilots to be sober and skilled, school officials to be public-minded and honest, police officers to be humane and just. When they are not, they break our trust. In countries with corrupt governments, citizens may be at a loss to know whom they can trust — a condition that naturally generates suspicion, fear, and confusion. Trust is one of the most important commodities in any democratic society, which makes the loss of it so damaging.

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Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.