In God We Trust – Day Twenty-Two

“In God We Trust” is our country’s official motto; it’s in our pledge of allegiance, our national anthem, and on our money. It’s easy to say, easy to sing about and easy to read. We as Christians often say to a hurting brother or sister in Christ, “just trust God.” We follow up that statement by quoting the following verses of Scripture. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
 
It’s easy to say “In God We Trust,” it’s easy to memorize and quote those verses, but it’s not so easy to live it. Webster defines trust as “a firm belief in the character, strength, or truth of someone or something.” The “something” in that definition could be the bank that safely keeps and protects our money. None of us will lose sleep tonight worrying about our money in the bank. The “someone” in that definition could be our spouse, our children, a friend or a coworker. If we can trust a bank or another person, why can’t we really trust God? A good Biblical definition of trust is, “believing in the promises of God in all circumstances, even in those where the evidence seems to be to the contrary.”
 
To “trust in the Lord with all your heart” means to lie helpless, face down. You simply wait for the master’s command so that you can respond in full obedience. The focus of your trust is total submission. “Lean not on your own understanding,” means to prop yourself up against something or someone. You can’t move, you can’t even walk without help, to do so will cause you to fall and inflict great injury. That someone or something is the Lord Jesus Christ. “In all your ways acknowledge Him,” is an act of recognizing God’s full Lordship in your life. The result of trusting and leaning on Him is clearly seeing the path that He has set before each of us.
 
No matter what happens to you today, tomorrow, or in the future, you will turn TO HIM instead of away. No matter what happens in the upcoming election, you will turn TO HIM instead of away. As we journey through these 40 days of prayer and fasting, may all of us learn what it really means to TRUST GOD.
 
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof” (Psalms 46:1-3).