In God We Trust

In-God-We-TrustIt jingles and jangles in a jar, and it rattles around in your pocket or coin purse.  It bears the message, “In God We Trust.”

While you are well-aware of the inscription on your coins, is that motto your life theme?  Do you trust in God?

Let me rephrase the question:  “Can you trust in God?”  Is the character of God worthy of your trust?

When you read the Psalms, it is very clear that the writers of Scripture believed in the trustworthiness of God:

  • Psalm 9:10: Those who know your name trust you, O Lord, because you have never deserted those who seek your help.
  • Psalm 13:5: But I trust your mercy. My heart finds joy in your salvation.
  • Psalm 37:3,5: Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness . . . Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
  • Psalm 56:4: In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?

After you have given some consideration to the verses above, the next question for you is, “Will I trust in God?”

Solomon said that you are to, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).”

When the wise sage said you are to “lean not” he was saying that you are not to prop yourself up with you own wisdom.  Instead you are to “acknowledge” or trust God and allow Him to “direct your paths.”

The next time you pull a coin out of your pocket, take the time to read the inscription: “In God We Trust.”  Then examine your life and ask yourself:  “Am I trusting God?”

#3 is #1 With Me

We are indebted to the Apostle Paul for a large part of the New Testament.  One of my favorite chapters is the third chapter of Colossians.  As I read it again last night, several words came to mind:

  • Direction—Seek those things which are above, where Christ is
  • Affection—Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth
  • Rejection—Put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry
  • Detection—Put off the old man with his deeds
  • Reflection—Put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him
  • Projection—Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful
  • Perfection—Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection . . . whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

I hope these seven words will help you reflect on the wonderful principles in this chapter that’s full of wonder.