A selection of verses telling us God wants us to trust in him, believing he will do what he says.
The apostle Paul has total confidence in God’s plan of salvation:
38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from God’s love which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Abraham is a good example of trusting in God. He believed God’s promise that he would have a son despite the fact he and his wife were past the age of having children:
19 Without being weakened in faith, he didn’t consider his own body, already having been worn out, (he being about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 Yet, looking to the promise of God, he didn’t waver through unbelief, but grew strong through faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully assured that what he had promised, he was also able to perform.
The psalmist reminds us that we shouldn’t put trust in human help because we all die eventually:
3 Don’t put your trust in princes,
in a son of man in whom there is no help.
4 His spirit departs, and he returns to the earth.
In that very day, his thoughts perish.
Only by trusting in God can we have any long-term hope:
20 God is to us a God of deliverance.
To the LORD, the Lord, belongs escape from death.
27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
turning people from the snares of death.
The Bible warns that trusting in riches rather than in God can be a problem:
6 Those who trust in their wealth,
and boast in the multitude of their riches—
7 none of them can by any means redeem his brother,
nor give God a ransom for him.
24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus answered again, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter into God’s Kingdom!
These chapters have links to this theme: