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How can we know God is trustworthy? Let’s examine what Scripture says:

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He is trustworthy because it is in His character. The Bible describes God’s character in many ways. The psalmists remind us: “The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; they are established forever and ever” (Ps. 111:7-8a, ESV), and “the LORD is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works” (Ps. 145: 13). Isaiah tells us to “trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD God is an everlasting rock” (Is. 26:4, ESV). The writer of Hebrews says to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Heb. 10:23). 

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He is trustworthy because He has proven to be. God’s Word is full of His promises, and He has always been faithful to fulfill them. When King Solomon dedicated the temple, he said, “Praise be to the LORD, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses” (1 Kings 8:56). Even in the midst of suffering, David affirmed God’s faithfulness: “In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame” (Ps. 22:4-5). And in Ps. 9:10 he wrote, “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.”

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He is trustworthy because He says so. God has attested to His own faithfulness. When He gave Balaam a prophetic word for King Balak, God described Himself this way: “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through” (Num. 23:19, NLT)? When God promised to bless Abraham and his descendants (Gen. 22:16), He swore the oath upon Himself. The author of Hebrews explains: 

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“Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie” (Heb. 6:16-18 NLT).

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If you are questioning God’s promises or His faithfulness, look at Who His Word says He is. You will find that He is trustworthy. When you are in a relationship with God, you can be assured, as Moses reminded Joshua, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut. 31:8). 

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