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In God We Trust

"I will say to the Lord, 'My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'”

Psalm 91:2 (ESV)

Take out your wallet, and pull out any denomination of currency. In the large print on the back, you will find the motto, "In God We Trust." The history behind this goes back to the Civil War period. The correspondence from Secretary of the TreasurySalmon P. Chase to the Director of the Mint in Philadelphia.

Dear Sir: No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins.

Chase's letter acknowledges what today's verse proclaims there is only one place we can place our trust, and that is in God. The world is captivated with accumulating the paper and coin the motto is printed on without acknowledging where they really should be placing their trust. Stock markets drop, banks fail, and fortunes disappear overnight, but God is forever. Without God, the currency is only paper, and the coin just metal. We can trust God entirely because we experience his love, compassion, and care for us every day--without fail.

Periodically there are attempts to remove this motto from our currency. The Supreme Court rejected the last effort in June 2019. Hopefully, this will never happen; it is an excellent reminder to all and perhaps the only message to some there is a God, and it is only in his grace we can trust.

Precious Lord, you are our ever-present refuge and fortress. The world would have us believe we should place our trust elsewhere; nations, big pharma, and wealth. We know there is only one thing we can trust, and that is you. We know this because we experience your grace to us every minute of our lives. Lord, forgive us when our trust falters, and please help us remember you remain on the throne. You are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. Amen.


Pastor Tim

You can read the complete history of the motto, "In God We Trust," here.

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