In God We Trust!
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”
You would think by now we’d know how foolish it is to trust in anyone but the Lord for our safety and security. That is not to say that we shouldn’t lock our doors at night, put our money on deposit with the banks, expect our leaders to provide a strong national defense, think through long-term investment strategies that will help us in our retirement years, and so on.
There is nothing wrong with that! In fact, the Bible calls us “prudent” when we think in those terms. But our first and fundamental trust needs to be in the Lord. He is our source. He is our provider. He is our future. In fact, Deuteronomy 30:20 says that the Lord is our very life! And when our primary trust for that which will bring us peace, joy and comfort begins to drift back to human beings and man-made institutions, we are on the road to eventual disappointment. Just ask anyone who has lost a boatload of money in the sinking economy lately.
Here’s the deal: Be wise, work hard, and do the things that will provide for both short and long term safety and security. But make the primary and ongoing source of your well being God. Rather than trusting in chariots and horses, look at the coin in your pocket and do what it says: In God We Trust.
How can you do that? I think prayer is one of the best ways. Each and every single day, come before God and acknowledge your dependence on his provision. Before every meal, return thanks for his goodness. When you lay your head down on the pillow, review your day and ask yourself if you have honored God in everything you have thought, said and done. At every decision, ask him for guidance.
Make God the critical part of your moment-by-moment life, keep him as the senior partner in every decision, and once in a while, look at all the broken down chariots that litter life’s highway as a reminder that trusting in the name of the Lord is far better.
“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson