Joy in Christ: Trust in God

The great man of wisdom Solomon tells us who is to be the object of our trust. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” “He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he” (Proverbs 16:20).

There are so many worthy examples in the Bible of those who trusted in the Lord. Noah trusted the Lord when he built the ark (Genesis 6:14-22; Hebrews 11:7). Abraham showed great faith when he left the land of his birth (Genesis 12:1-4; Hebrews 11:8). He also showed great faith when he offered up Isaac (Genesis 22:1-10; Hebrews 11:17-19). Daniel demonstrated faith in the lions’ den (Daniel 6:16-22). Joseph had great faith when he obeyed the vision about Mary and fled into Egypt (Matthew 1:18-24; 2:13-14). Mary had great faith when she believed the angel of the Lord (Luke 1:38). Lastly, Paul manifested faith on a number of occasions (Romans 8:18, 28, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Galatians 5:5).

When we trust in the Lord to guide our lives we will experience a peace which the world cannot experience (Philippians 4:6-7). So trusting God is one way in which one can have true joy in Christ. Jesus promised, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

Kyle Campbell

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