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?”

The Write of the World

penlight-1992838388_015When I opened some office mail yesterday, there was a pen inside one of the letters. One end is a typical “pen” end to use for writing and the opposite end is a tiny flashlight.

One end of this pen reminds me of the words of Jesus: “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life (John 8:12).” This statement pointed back to the days of Moses when a “pillar of fire” separated the Israelites from the Egyptians and God used this form of light to lead His people through the wilderness. In the next chapter of John, we see Jesus at work as the Light of the world. He dispels the darkness when He heals a blind man.

The other end of this pen reminds me of a statement made by Paul: You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, recognized and read by everyone. 3 It is clear that you are Christ’s letter, produced by us, not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God—not on stone tablets but on tablets that are hearts of flesh (2 Corinthians 3:2-4).

Have you ever thought of your life as a letter or book that people read? What does your life story say about Jesus and your faith?

Jesus is the “light” of the world, but you and I are the “write” of the world. Each and every day of our lives, people read us. We are telling the story of Christianity. Moment by moment our actions and attitudes are scanned and intently scrutinized for a consistent and coherent message.

As the “write” of the world, are you sending the “right” message? Are you writing a riveting story intertwined with the vibrant love of God or is it a lackluster line or two of a boring paragraph?

Flip back through the pages of your life over the past couple of days and what do you see? Is there some need of editing or do you find a neatly written composition that allows even the blind to see the Light of the world?