In God We Trust
Pastor B.J. Knefley
In God We Trust, or do we? I recently saw that saying on a license plate and it made me wonder. We’ve all seen it on our currency and even on walls as decorations. It’s easy to say but another to do and practice. Why is that?
I suppose that it’s a saying that has different meanings to each. For some, it’s just a cliché with no actually meaning. For another it’s a bedrock of their faith.
The first question that comes up is “Who is God?”. That answer is as different as life itself. You find that we all define God in different ways. To one He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, while to another he’s the man upstairs. For some He is the creator and sustainer of all things, for others he’s just there and he’s the same God of every religion and belief.
The second question is, “What’s Trust?”. Seems like a simple word but it’s not. Trust is as varied as the belief in God. And then it’s about percentage. Do we trust 100%, 50%, 25% or 5%, or does it depend upon the circumstances. We trust when things are going well, but what happens when they’re not? It’s easy to trust in the good times, but what about the bad?
Sometimes trust is a matter of what we’ve been taught to do. Trust God to lead and direct. Trust that His plan is good. Trust God with your life. All great to say, but not so easy to practice. We say that we trust God, but our actions often paint a different picture. More often we do what we want to do and then ask God to endorse it. After all, if it’s got His stamp of approval then it must be the right thing to do, and I can trust it. Or can I?
In the end we really need to be checking the congruency between what we say and what we actually believe. We might just find that they’re not the same. Think about it.