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::Devotional:: ‘In God We Trust’

July 1, 2009

June 30, 1956 "In God We Trust" declared as the U.S. National Motto by President Eisenhower

Trust is at the very heart of the relationship between God and us.  In fact, the health of that relationship corresponds to the level of trust we have in God.  When you think about it, that’s really no different than relationships we have with other people in our lives; husbands and wives, parents and children, employer and employees, teacher and students, the list is virtually endless.  Our nation felt that this trust relationship with God was so important that they implemented congressional laws to officially make the National Motto “In God We Trust” and to have it printed on our currency.  However, for some reason we tend to trust God more in the major things and not so much in the minor things.  But if He is trustworthy in one, surely He is trustworthy in the other.

The Israelites had just experienced a major miracle as they stood safely on the other side of the Red Sea which God had parted and then closed up on Pharaoh’s army.  By any account, God’s actions were an incredible display of His power and more importantly His trustworthiness.  In fact the scriptures say:

And when the Israelites saw the great power the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant. – Exodus 14:31

Though the Israelites trusted God to handle the major things, like a miraculous rescue from Pharaoh, they struggled with trusting Him in small things.  Soon after, the Israelites were complaining that they had no water or food and began grumbling saying:

If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt!  There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.  Exodus 16:3

Perhaps the Israelites lacked trust in Moses and Aaron as their leaders during this time as well, but overall there was a lack of trust in God’s plan for them.

It’s easy to harp on the mistakes of the Israelites, but how true to human nature they behaved.  As followers of Christ we are often tempted to behave in the same way and deny God’s trustworthiness in the small things.  I wonder if we don’t feel like we have a ceiling on what we are able to handle ourselves and anything above it we need to trust God with, but anything below it we need to rely on ourselves?

If we take a moment to reflect on what we know to be true in the word of God, we very quickly realize that God is fully trustworthy; even in the small things.

Then the Lord God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine.  Jonah 4:6

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.  Psalm 55:22

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.  Psalm 34:4

Rest assured today that God is aware of the major and minor things in each of our lives; He is worthy to be trusted with them all.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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