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Eric's Sunday Sermon; In God We Trust
We trust that the earth will keep rotating and tides will come and go.
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.
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
Just a beautiful sunset!
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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