Trusting in worldly safety, uncertain riches, vanity, other people, or even oneself always yields certain disappointment and ultimate defeat. However, those that put their trust in the Lord are blessed with far different outcomes. According to Psalm 2:12, the people who trust in the Lord are blessed. According to Psalm 5:11, trusting saints will “rejoice” and “ever shout for joy.” David testified of this truth when he said his heart would rejoice in God’s salvation (Psalm 13:5). In Psalm 28:7, David further rejoiced in the help he received because of his trust in God. Furthermore, believers are assured of both mercy (Psalm 32:10) and happiness (Proverbs 16:20) when trusting God. These examples express only the tip of the iceberg concerning the benefits of trusting God. These benefits far outweigh those gained by trusting in oneself or the world.
(For children): Joseph was sold into slavery and ended up in prison. Through all this, he trusted in God and God blessed him (Psalm 31:19). Joseph became second in command to the king and saved his family from starvation. Joseph was blessed (Psalm 34:8).
(For everyone): What are some of the blessings you have received from trusting God? How is this different from the disappointments you have experienced when failed by the world?
How do you feel when you fail to consistently place your trust in the Lord? How do you feel when you are trusting the Lord during times of testing? Which feeling is more enjoyable?
- Ask the Lord to teach you the blessings of trusting Him.
- Ask God to build your faith in His ability.