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Eric's Sunday Sermon; In God We Trust

Updated on January 18, 2015

We trust that the earth will keep rotating and tides will come and go.

The things of nature sometimes surprise us but in reality we can trust that they will act in a certain way. Storms will come and go.
The things of nature sometimes surprise us but in reality we can trust that they will act in a certain way. Storms will come and go. | Source

Can we really trust?

A fully recognizable saying. It is on every United States of America piece of currency. But is it written on our hearts?

We all have issues. We all fail at certain things. We all have rough spots and we all have fears and idiosyncrasies. Horrible things happen in this world. And yes we all have our share of disappointment and loss. Yet we also have; Philippians 4:8 as a wonderful example of the good things: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.”

Do we follow this wonderful advice or do we flip the coin around and “think about such things” of the former instead of the later? When we concentrate on the bad we take away from that trust in God. When we take away that trust in God we take back the reins of control and do it our way. And how is that working for you?

Peace, love and understanding are not man’s general default position. But here is a secret for you, they are God’s default position. When in doubt or even without doubt – In God We Trust.

At some point in our faith we must accept persons, places and events as being exactly the way they are supposed to be in God’s great plan. This is not to say we are to be fatalistic. And it is not to say that we must accept that which we can change that should be changed. It is to say that, In God We Trust.

Introduced by Cohen but performed by the Webb Sisters and quite beautiful on trust.

Someone once put the trust in this old wagon.

A family was somehow enriched by having a dependable wagon to carry what needed to be carried. Let us let God carry our burdens.
A family was somehow enriched by having a dependable wagon to carry what needed to be carried. Let us let God carry our burdens. | Source

Do we focus on the material?

It comes as no shock to any of us that the motto is imprinted on our currency. But was it the plan that it should be imprinted on the very “thing” that too many of us worship instead of God? Is it not beautiful that the money can be made worthless in mere seconds yet the motto is never wrong or gone? The dollar is fleeting and destroyable yet trust in God is without decay or chance of destruction. The things of man are thus and yet the things of God are everlasting and true and reliable.

A fun aside is true. My sister established a trust to protect some property and to hold it in trust for nieces and nephews (several of whom are my children, thank you very much). Much to the chagrin of the non-believers in my large family of origin, she named the trust, In God We Trust. I just love that twist of words and the sentiment behind them. Any way back to the sermon.

So we are wise when we look at the currency to keep the side that says in God we trust facing us. The money is really not for us to dispose of. It is a gift and one we must hold, earn and spend in trust. Trust in God. And doesn’t this hold true for all “things” shouldn’t we be careful to place our trust in God and not in the thing itself.

Proverbs 3: “4 So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.…”

What do we put our trust in?

Do you have things you can trust

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Just a beautiful sunset!

Sometimes we need to just lighten up and enjoy what is so freely given to us.
Sometimes we need to just lighten up and enjoy what is so freely given to us. | Source

Trust and Faith

Let us look at the difference between faith and trust. It often helps in understanding to look at the words we use in an almost sophist manner. There is a subtle difference in faith and trust. Faith tends more to be on the unseen. Faith very often comes from a religion concept or in doctrine to help guide us in our faith. Take this definition for instance: strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. And then look at trust. Is trust not a belief in something based upon what we have seen. Trust seems to suggest that we have “reason” to believe in something. Try this definition and note the subtle difference: firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

Just take gravity for a moment. If we drop a rock it falls to the earth. Before we drop the rock we trust that it will fall to the earth. We trust that the rock will drop to the earth because it has done so 1 billion times before and we understand gravity and the earth’s pull. Now take trust in God as opposed to faith. We know that God will take care of us in times of turmoil or in times of plenty. Why? Because He has done so 1 billion times before and we understand through faith His goodness and omnipotence.

Through such examination we learn that trust is more akin to what “doubting Thomas” showed us. He required some sort of physical understanding before he could even trust his eyes. Oh boy! Don’t we just test our Lord the same way? How many times must we, of so little faith, have to see God’s marvelous works before we learn to trust in Him completely?

When will I ever learn to live in God? I surely do work at it. But I just keep taking control back.

Let us be strengthened in trust.

Boy of boy -- I need a prayer here.

Lord, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, hear our prayer:

Forgive us for our little faith and lack of trust in you. Guide us to abandon the ways of man and replace them with your ways.Lead us away from our own understanding and guide us to have a deeper relationship with you that we may trust always in your will and not ours. Yours is the true power and glory forever and ever.

In Christ's name we pray. Amen

Basically I trust you to do the right thing, but if you do not after I am done praying for you, I will smite you!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I did not get into that oddity much in this piece but it is strange to say the least. You have a great handle on trust and faith. I have both faith and trust in God.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      Eric

      In my opinion, faith is a predictive thing, while trust is based on previous experiences.

      I have faith in you means, I sense that what I know about you will be true in something that you will do.

      I trust you is validation that you will be true in something you will do, as you and I have done before.

      Faith doesn't need previous experience between the parties. It is a strong guess.

      Yet, the phrase on our money, In God We Trust, seems odd.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Debra, self responsibility is the foundation for all actions and indeed words spoken. Taking responsibility for our actions is paramount for any good life. Thank you for adding so nicely to this hub.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      That was interesting. Self responsibility also plays a huge role in our lives, not putting or blaming something or someone else for our own choices, thoughts and actions.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Brodwen for coming by and leaving a comment. You speak truth.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      So good. The only one to put our trust in is our Heavenly Father.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Chitrangada for your kind words of support and your positive vote. I sure enjoy doing these each Sunday.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Your Sunday Sermons are full of inspirational thoughts and words of wisdom and I like them very much.

      I like the humor element in your concluding paragraph about 'copyright' as well.

      Nice pictures and a well done hub. Voted up!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I think age is a major factor. I have seen so much of God's work that it is impossible for me not to trust in Him

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Words to live by. The more we stay and study in the word the more we learn to trust . The more we see God work in our lives the more our faith builds.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora, with great support like yours I will keep them coming. Certainly the prayer is not mine if you know what I mean.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, thanks for your illustrations of faith and trust, and a loud amen to every word of the prayer. Keep the sermons coming.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Devika it is always good of you to drop by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like it!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Bill it is getting to where I look forward to writing them, and perhaps that shines through.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      Amen

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm with Ann...I look forward to your Sunday sermons.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ed, your words are music to an old retired preacher's ears. Thank you much and they will continue as long as I am called to rant on Sundays ;-)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Theresa I truly am blessed to call you a friend. Truth be told this sermon took me extra time to write -- I kept trying to write it myself. When will I ever learn to let go and let God. Your comment makes a wonderful addition to the humble sermon. And thank you for your constant support.

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      I do believe I'm beginning to look forward to these sermons Eric , Thank you for that I "trust " they might continue !.......:-}

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hello Ann, it makes me smile that you like my proviso. I just cannot really bring myself to worry about that stuff but I think it is fun to play with. I hope today/tonight has you blessed with thanksgiving. And I give thanks for such friends as you.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Another brilliant and beautifully written Sunday Sermon, dear Eric!

      You are so wise. Yes, I am mindful to think on those things God has written for us to think on ...however, there are times when I get to worrying about something and then realize what I have been thinking on for the past hour certainly was not what God would have me to think on, so I quickly change my thoughts! It works every time.

      Thank you for the prayer. The videos are amazingly beautiful.

      I appreciate you sharing God's wisdom on this lovely Sunday here.

      I do hope you are also enjoying a lovely Sunday afternoon with your precious family. Oh, I love the name your sister has given to her trust too ... awesome!

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      God bless you and yours always

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I love your Sunday sermons. Wisdom dispensed with practicality and humour. I also love your copyright proviso!

      Ann