In _________ We Trust
159 years have passed since Secretary of the Treasury, Solmon Chase, had the words “In God We Trust” etched upon the two-cent piece. By 1909 the phrase appeared on almost all US currency. President Dwight D. Eisenhower passed legislation in 1954, in the midst of the Cold War, that this phrase would appear on all currency. In 2013 we need to ask as a country, as people of God, as leaders of churches, families, and ministry organizations . . . are we trusting God?
Last month my family moved into a house on the other side of our town. We did this so we would have a place for my mother to live with us. We were overwhelmed by decisions on the house we were selling, the house we were buying, and the addition that needed to be built. On top of that every spare minute was invested in painting, hauling, or planning. There is a reason why an Internet search for “life’s most stressful events” has moving near the top of many lists. (Jen and I believe the only reason it doesn’t appear on someone’s list is if they haven’t had to do it recently!) One day I felt the Lord put a thought in my head, “Trust me for today.”
As stressful decisions or situations arose I began to say, “We need to trust God for today.” I read the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6. The phrase “give us this day our daily bread” was written to explain the trust people needed to place in God. Money had to be earned daily to provide food for the next day. I realized the “daily bread” my family needed was strength through His Holy Spirit. We needed to trust Him! Leaders today, either junior high or high school youth who are being trained to lead youth through Christian Endeavor or adults leading in other areas of life need to evaluate where they place their trust.
The whole idea led me to study the concept of Trust in scripture. I was able to draw three conclusions:
First Conclusion- Nothing Else Works! God, in His unmatchable wisdom, wrote about many things human beings try to put their trust in. Ezekiel warns against trusting in one’s looks, while Psalms and Proverbs explain the fallacy of trusting in people, ourselves, or things people create. We need to face it; we have a sinful nature susceptible to temptation and being drawn toward trusting in anything other than God. Psalm 118:8 words encourage us to trust in the Lord instead of man because “Nothing Else Works!”
Second Conclusion- God invites us to Trust Him. Remember the last invitation you received? It may have been for a party, meeting, or some kind of celebration. You were probably either excited about the invitation or immediately began looking for ways to get out of the event. You’ll be more excited about a fun time with your best friend than enduring a social gathering where you feel like you don’t belong. In Proverbs 3:1-6 God invites us to Trust Him. What is your reaction to this invitation? Do you embrace it with joy as you would an invite to your favorite activity? Or . . .
Third Conclusion- God can be Trusted. God always keeps His promises, but He does it on His time schedule. Genesis 15 describes how Abraham was unsure what the future held. God explained to Abraham that his descendants would inherit land, but not for 400 years, and then His people would be saved from sin, but not for 2000 years. Our attitude in our culture longs for immediate response. God doesn’t bow to our culture’s longings. He knows exactly what He is doing and will act in His due time.
Fill in the blank, IN __________ WE TRUST. Everyone trusts something. Decide today where you will put your trust.