In God We Trust
By Pastor Dave Solt
This is a motto for many, but we need to be careful that it doesn’t become an empty cliché. When I think of this motto, verses pop into my mind. Like (Psalms 118:6), “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” When God is on our side, we never have to fear anything that comes our way, positive or negative. It’s like our motto, In God we trust! David had many enemies who were trying to take him down, but at the same time, God was lifting him up. So, David could say like Paul in (Romans 8:31), “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” I’m reminded of a great evangelist that would say, “You and God are the majority in any community.” In other words, if God is with you and all the community that you are serving is against you, you are still the majority. So, in that way, “In God we trust” becomes more then an empty cliché. It carries meaning and purpose that God will help us and stand with us, so therefore, He is the one to trust. Here is another passage that I have personally found to be very helpful in this regard to help me know that it’s best to trust in God: (Proverbs 3:5 – 6), “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.” So, it’s best to trust in God. Why? Because He knows what is best, not us. Many have tried to trust in themselves and have ended up empty and unsteady. It says in (Proverbs 16:25), “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” That doesn’t sound good! I plead with people, “Don’t trust yourself, trust in God!” I remember years ago talking to my guitar teacher and telling him about Jesus, that He died for his sins and rose again. That Jesus would save him from his sins and give him eternal life if he would trust Him. Would he ask Jesus to save him? He replied, “I’m going to trust in my heart.” I replied saying, “But the Bible says that if we trust in our own hearts, we are fools.” He didn’t believe that the Bible said this, so I showed him the verse. It says in (Proverbs 28:26), “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” His eyes nearly popped out of his head when he saw it. Then he started weeping and said out loud, “I’m a fool.” I watched him get on his knees, crying out for Jesus to save him. What an amazing experience that was! I wonder if, “In God we trust”, held a new meaning to my guitar teacher from then on. Amen!