A selection of verses showing that past experience can encourage us to trust the God of the Bible:
When the Israelites had escaped from slavery in Egypt and had seen the Egyptian army destroyed, they realised that God had power to help them:
30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 Israel saw the great work which the LORD did to the Egyptians, and the people feared the LORD; and they believed in the LORD and in his servant Moses.
Before the Israelites crossed the river Jordan in a miraculous way, God told Joshua that what he was about to do should make them trust him:
9 Joshua said to the children of Israel, “Come here, and hear the words of the LORD your God.” 10 Joshua said, “By this you shall know that the living God is amongst you, and that he will without fail drive the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Hivite, the Perizzite, the Girgashite, the Amorite, and the Jebusite out from before you.
God tells the prophet Isaiah that the Jews are his witnesses to everyone that he can be trusted:
10 “You are my witnesses,” says the LORD,
“With my servant whom I have chosen;
that you may know and believe me,
and understand that I am he.
Before me there was no God formed,
neither will there be after me.
11 I myself am the LORD.
Besides me, there is no saviour.
12 I have declared, I have saved, and I have shown,
and there was no strange god amongst you.
Therefore you are my witnesses”,
says the LORD, “and I am God.
We can look at their history and see that what God said would happen has happened.
Have a look at the Evidence-you decide website to see how the witness of the Jews and other nations can encourage us to trust in God.
God challenges us to find any other god who can foretell the future like he has:
21 Produce your cause,” says the LORD.
“Bring out your strong reasons!” says the King of Jacob.
22 “Let them announce and declare to us what will happen!
Declare the former things, what they are,
that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them;
or show us things to come.
23 Declare the things that are to come hereafter,
that we may know that you are gods.
Yes, do good, or do evil,
that we may be dismayed,
and see it together.
9 Remember the former things of old:
for I am God, and there is no other.
I am God, and there is none like me.
10 I declare the end from the beginning,
and from ancient times things that are not yet done.
I say: My counsel will stand,
and I will do all that I please.