Last year, I decided to choose a word for the year. My word for 2021 was Hope, which is still a word that is so important to me, and still a word that I’m bringing into this year too. You can read here why I chose the word Hope for last year. In 2022, I feel that my word is still strongly connected to the word Hope. After praying and seeing which I was guided to, and which felt the strongest to me for my word for the year for 2022, I’ve chosen the word Trust.
Keep on reading to read more about why I have chosen the word Trust for 2022 and to also find 15 Bible verses all about trusting God.
One of the definitions for the word Trust is, “Firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something.” There are 4 words that really stand out for me: ‘firm belief’, ‘reliability’ and ‘truth’. When I put my full trust in God, I feel strength, peace, joy, and so much more. Especially through the past couple of years, it’s putting my full trust in God and His Truth that has helped so much, more than I can even explain. It’s when I give everything to God, when I fully trust Him, when I hand it all over to Him, it’s then that I feel His wonderful presence, answered prayers and His miracles.
Photo taken by David Barton.
When I think of the word Trust, it makes me think of the Hymn, ‘Trust and Obey’. Let the wonderful words soak in as you read them below:
“When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way;
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear,
Not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear,
Not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss,
Not a frown or a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove
The delights of His love,
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows,
And the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do;
Where He sends, we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.”
I love what Joyce Meyer says: “Trusting God is simply believing that He loves you and knowing He’s good, He has the power to help you, and He wants to help you. Christians are called believers, but many times, we are more like unbelieving believers. We trust our friends, the bank, the stock market or the government more than we trust God and His Word.” I think we can all agree how those last few things go! When we put our trust in God, who is in control, who knows the plans that He has for us, and who has known us since before we were born, it’s Him who we must put our trust in, not the things and people in this fleeting world.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Proverbs 14:12.
There have been many, many times, more than I can count throughout my life, where I haven’t fully trusted God, where I have looked to other things, the things of the world, and wanted things done my way. You know how they ended up? Not good at all! So for me, trust is an important word. It’s how I want to live my life, fully trusting the One who is above all things, because I want God’s will for my life. I have seen His goodness time and time again. Through trusting God, I have found healing, I have found strength, I have found peace, I have found joy and I have experienced God’s wonderful miracles and answered prayers. Sometimes those answered prayers can look a little different to how I thought, but they have definitely been so much better.
“Life is simple and peaceful when we come to God like little children and say, “God, I don’t want to live on my own. I want to trust You. When I don’t know what to do, I’ll trust You. When I don’t understand why, I’ll trust You. I’ll do my part with Your help, and when I’m done, I’ll trust You to do the rest.” Joyce Meyer.
It’s knowing that in those difficult times, when the enemy tries to get us to believe the lies, when the challenges of life test our trust and faith, when fear and anxiety steals our joy, and through all the different seasons of life that we may go through, we can still feel peace and joy when we put our full trust in God. This is why my word for 2022 is the word ‘trust’. It’s how I want to live my life this year and forever more, fully trusting God, knowing that He has a plan, He is in control, and that His promises are good and will be fulfilled, and that He is truth.
15 Bible verses about trusting God
Below I have listed 15 Bible verses about trusting God. As you read them, I pray that each verse fills your heart of God’s goodness and His faithfulness, and to help you throughout 2022:
- “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Matthew 6:25-27.
- “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4.
- “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10.
- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.
- “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.
- “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.” Proverbs 29:25.
- “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10.
- “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” Psalm 28:7.
- “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” Psalm 37:5.
- “It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man.” Psalm 118:8.
- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5.
- “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” Psalms 56:3.
- “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7.
- “In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” Psalm 56:4.
- “I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2.
Father God, I thank you. You turn the impossible into possible, through You, no matter what the world tries to tell me, I can feel peace and joy, and I am filled with Your amazing strength. When life throws its challenges, help me to keep my eyes fixed firmly on You, to not fear but to fully trust You, because You are in control, You have already gone before me and You know the outcome. You know the plans that You have for me, and they are to give me hope and a future. Your promises are good, and when I fully trust You, I have no need to worry. Please help me to always remember that not only throughout 2022, but always. You are with me always, You are my light in the darkness that never fades, You are the God who answers prayers, who makes a way when there seems to be no way and You are a miracle worker. I put my full trust in You, Father.
In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
I love the thought that we can choose a word and take it with us throughout the year. A reminder for those times when we desperately need it. I also think it’s a great way to start 2022. Do you have a word for the year? I would love to know what you have chosen for 2022.