This verb “aman” is used 110 times in the Old Testament. Let us now look at another passage using this same verb and see what it says.
Genesis 15:6 “Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness”
The word “believed” is the very same Hebrew verb “aman”. The picture we have from this is that Abram was firm in his devotion to God. Just as a stake planted in firm ground supports the tent even in a storm, Abram will support God even in the storms of life. The question we now ask is, how did Abram remain firm? The verse just before states;
Genesis 15:5,6 ‘[God] took [Abram] outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars–if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the LORD, and He credited it to him as righteousness.’
We usually read this to mean that Abram believed God’s promise in verse 5. The problem with this is that the Hebrew verb “aman” means more than just knowing something to be true. Why did God give this promise to Abram?
Genesis 26:4,5 “I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws (Torah in Hebrew)”.
God made this promise to Abram because he was firm in his obedience to God. The Hebrew in Genesis 15:6 does not say Abram believed God, it says he was firm in God. From Genesis 26:5 we see that he was firm in his obedience to God and his Torah.