TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy. (Psalm 33:18 NKJV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Trust God, not government. That’s been my ongoing reminder for the last week. But an ah-ha moment occurred to me this week as I was doing my Bible study. When I need this reminder, our money says it all… “In God We Trust.”
Adopted by the US Congress in 1956, “In God We Trust,” is the official motto of the United States and Florida. It took the place of “E Pluribus Unum,” which had been in place since 1776 and means “out of many, one.” (Though I tend to think of the words of the Wizard in the “Wizard of Oz” when I hear that one.)
I have a sad feeling that 64 years after “In God We Trust” was established, our current government would not have chosen that national motto. But for now, it’s here. And hopefully, it will stay — despite the efforts of those who are bent on re-writing American history.
Rabbit trail / Newsflash! The ink is already dry. We cannot erase the past. It’s there, permanently carved in the stone of time. And all we can hope to do is learn from it. And remember (though our culture might try to deny it), we were founded on Christian values. We may have been a nation for 180 years when “In God We Trust” was officially declared, but our founding fathers believed it to be a truth. Dare I even say, a truth that was “self-evident,” as Jefferson and others so brilliantly penned in our Declaration of Independence?
Today, let’s read Psalm 33:16-17. It says, “No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.”
This passage showed up in my reading list this week and I am reminded of how much I love it when God puts the perfect verses in front of me… the government won’t save us. The military won’t save us. The president won’t save us. Any hope in army, man, or other is misplaced hope. They may offer some level of security, but it’s not guaranteed and as we’ve seen quite a few times this year — that security may result in loss of freedom and rights. So is it truly security? Or is it more about control? I digress…
The answer is in verse 18. “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy” (Psalm 33:18). Jesus is the answer, y’all! Our hope is only found in the saving grace and mercy of Jesus Christ! Anything else is an illusion!
As I’ve pondered the situation in our country, the temptation to worry and fret is real. I’ve succumbed to it on more than one occasion. And, if I’m being perfectly honest, I’m sure I will again because I’m a control freak who currently feels out of control. But just as Peter could walk on water as long as he kept his eyes trained on Jesus (Matthew 14:22-33), so too can we walk across these tumultuous waves we’re in. But we have to look to our Savior, eyes locked on Him, knowing nothing will happen that He doesn’t allow, and trust in His goodness and love… Or we will be distracted and sink, fighting the waves, and gasping for air. The choice is ours.
How thankful I am that we serve a God whose love for us is infinitely bigger than our problems. And compared with eternity, all of this is a blip on the radar.
Because at the end of it all, all that matters is “In God We Trust.”
Let’s use this time to grow closer to Jesus. As uncertainty continues to linger, let us be confident in God’s power. He is still in control. He’s never surrendered it, and He can’t be defeated.
Can I get an “Amen!!?!”
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for being our true hope. Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of our national motto, “In God We Trust,” and make it your own personal motto. Ask Him to help you keep your eyes focused on Jesus, no matter what is happening around you.
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