The other day I was rummaging through some change left in my wife's car. There was the usual coinage, mostly pennies, but I did happen to find almost $3.00 in quarters.💰
Now if you are like me, always trying to figure out where a story is going before actually reading the book, you might think this is about my wife being able to trust me to leave her change right where I found it but I will leave that story for another day and another blog. 📝
P.S. I didn't take her change. I left it right where I found it. For those who just needed to know the outcome...LOL.😉
It was a statement on the quarter that I want to share about today. I hadn't thought about it much in the past few years since the world has turned to credit cards, debit cards, and electronic payments to handle their personal finances. But it is a statement worth pondering this morning: "In God We Trust".
Isaiah 26:3-4 says, "You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord GOD is the eternal Rock.
Such a comforting and powerful statement made under the circumstances that the nation of Israel was facing at that time. In captivity because of their disobedience but now crying out to God for deliverance and restoration. In the midst of their rebellion they were being reminded that God still loved them and more importantly they were being reminded that they needed to re-assert their trust in Him.
So what is the true factor in putting our trust in God?🤔
Think about the stuff around your house that you interact with everyday. Appliances, Electronics, Furniture, etc. At least 1/3 of these items are things that you desired to own. Whether it was the color, manufacturer, shape or size, something about it carried a personal touch that led to you purchasing the item(s). In fact, you loved it so much that you by-passed asking to meet the people that built the item to make sure that the item would serve it's purpose. Instead, you accepted a "satisfaction" guarantee in place of a thorough investigation into whether or not it was able to truly serve its purpose.
We use this items daily and put our complete trust in them without hesitation with nothing more than a guarantee from someone who doesn't even work for the manufacturer. Why?
Because we really want the product. We have a deep desire and want. The factor of trust starts with your desire.
You will always give more trust into things you love than things that you do not love, even when that love is personally misguided and misplaced. I call that "puppy" love.🐶 If you have ever owned a puppy you know exactly what I am talking about. Ok...cat lovers...kittens too.🐱
So where does that leave God and our trust in Him? Doesn't the same principle apply to Him that we apply to "earthly" possessions? You cannot see Him either but you encounter His omnipotence, omnipresence and promises everyday through His word, not to mention others that have put their complete trust in Him. And your satisfactions through Him are surrounded by more than just "paper" guarantees.
Let's start with something simple...HIs love. God's love has been around forever and will be around forever because He is forever. He loves you and me with an everlasting love💖 No matter what you have done in this life or that life has done to you, His love for you has never changed. Why? Because of His desire for you (Romans 8:31-39).🥰
We will continue to go deeper with this thought in next week's blog but I just want us to take a moment to pause and consider whether or not we truly desire God like we do some of the tangible things in our home. Even with a "paper" guarantee these things will never last because nothing of this world ever has or does.
Desire the Lord more than anything else you could ever have or want from this world and watch what happens to your trust in Him.😊
"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.