In God we trust.
It's not only the phrase
inscribed on our coins.
it's the motto of these United States.
So do we?
Trust Him, that is,
with our money,
Even with that which we
spend in cold hard cash.
For there seems to be
some great distraction which
stirs in the hearts of men, arguing
that somehow this is offensive;
demanding removal of
these sort of "religious" phrases
from the heritage of our country.
As if taking it off our money
would change our spending habits
or our ethical compass.
How many of those people
even carry cash anymore?
This is just another distraction...
another way to remove
the light which exposes those things
people prefer to hide in darkness.
When I spend money, cash or not...
I don't notice, nor contemplate
In God we Trust.
Yet still I do...
Trust in Him.
So because the light still shines,
let me tilt it,
dial it up a notch, even.
Regardless of whether
it's printed, engraved, or inscribed
what of the reverse?
Could it be said, that
God trusts in us?
Now that's actually
a much more interesting question
I'm not the first one to consider it.
Actually, Paul wrote it in a letter...
For we speak as messengers
approved by God to be entrusted
with the Good News.
Our purpose is to please God,
He alone examines
the motives of our hearts.
1 Thessalonians 2:4 NLT
To be entrusted by God
means that He assigned something,
gave a responsibility, a charge, a passion
to do His will, and carry it out.
And God would only give such
to one who first trusted in Him.
Then he must be approved.
Which means to be tested,
proven, and acceptable for a task.
But God takes His time in the testing.
Not by proving those unworthy,
rather by showing what is good,
what is genuine, what is pure...
like the refiner's fire of testing a metal.
And this a often a lengthy process
before the metals can be strong enough
to be put to their full use.
But Paul had clearly passed these tests.
Now he encouraged those in the church
to continue on, without seeking to
impress people, but rather to honor God.
God alone examines
the motives of our hearts.
Let us stop trying to change
that which is stamped upon
a coin seldom used.
Can we be entrusted by God?
This a much greater concern
for men to argue...
what is engraved
upon our heart?
For it will be tested, tried
and put to the fire.
Word of God
train me today...
To seek only to please You and not man.
To pass the tests You give, becoming worthy,
approved and entrusted, loyal first and only to You.
from my heart...
I write as an overflow... an expression of my true love for God and with a deep desire to encourage others in their day to day lives. For we can only find peace, joy, and satisfaction when we yield to the One who yielded His life for us.