2003-04-22 - In God We Trust
Isaiah 26:4 Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.
It was on this date, April 22, 1864 that the phrase, "In God We Trust," began to put on currency in the United States. So this is as good a day as any to pose the question to you, "In whom do you trust?" If I could, I would look you right in the keyboard and pose this question to you with all sincerity. In whom we trust will make all the difference in how we live our lives. We know that Romans 3:20 tells us that by the works of the law no one will be justified. So we know that we can't be good enough to place our trust in our own abilities, but rather we must trust in the Lord because only He can save our souls from sin.
One of the great things to remember is that God has promised to forgive all those who come to Him in Christ and rest in His sacrifice. There are many reasons why John 3:16 is one of the most popular verses in the Bible. One of the reasons why this verse is such a comfort is because of the promise that the work of Christ is for, "Whosoever." If we are able to trust Scripture and the forgiveness offered in it through the atonement of Christ, then our trust and hope will be firm in Christ.
One of the traps that it is common for people to fall into is the thinking that our heart is good enough because we are generally good people. We might not be prone to cursing. Maybe we give to the church, or volunteer our time. We may never have killed anyone. But we must realize that none of those things save. Being good natured or having a good heart do nothing to qualify us for heaven. "The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?" Jeremiah 17:9 The only hope for our hearts is Christ and the forgiveness found in Him. We can't trust in ourselves as many are prone to do. We ought to give up speaking about our goodness and focus our thoughts on the goodness found in Christ.
We might ask what our trust in the Lord signifies. I would respond that our trusting in the Lord serves to give Him the glory that is rightfully His. When we can still say that we trust the Lord even in the midst of difficult times, it only serves to glorify Him and give Him His rightful place as our Sovereign. The Lord is ever gracious to His children. To know this is to begin to know deliverance from our pride of self-sufficiency. "In God we Trust," is not just a slogan on our currency, it is a phrase to live up too. We experience this phrase as we live faithfully, seek the Lord in prayer, and seek to serve the Lord as we live our lives. Let us seek to use our trust in the Lord to serve Him with more resolution, more faithfulness, and more consistency. It is no easy task and it will cost us our lives. It will mean we have to sacrifice worldly pleasures. However, I submit to you that the eternal significance of being used by the Lord far ought weighs any sacrifice we might make.
"In God We Trust," let us consider it closely.
Soli Deo Gloria,