BY REV. DALE HODGES - FAITH PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF SPENCER
There had to be a reason why our nation had the motto "In God We Trust" and had it placed on our coins. Our Founding Fathers trusted in God and they must have wanted a continual reminder for themselves and those who would follow. The Scripture has a lot to say about our trust in the Lord. Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
The wonderful benefits of guidance, direction, protection, help and deliverance come from trusting in the Lord and have blessed our nation. Psalms 37:40 "And the Lord shall help them and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him." I think our Founding Fathers also knew about Proverbs 29:25 "The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe." When men will trust and fear man more than he trusts and fears God, the Lord allows a snare to overtake him. Remember Ecclesiastes 12:13 and 14? "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." There is nothing about fearing man as our duty in Scripture. Psalms 33:4 "For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth."
Historian David Barton also founder of WallBuilders, discovered that 52 of the 55 Founding Fathers who worked on the Constitution were members of orthodox Christian churches and many were even evangelical Christians. I think that speaks volumes of our nation's history and beginning.
There are groups and people who have objected to using "In God We Trust" on our currency. Just like a minority group that influenced the Supreme Court in a 1963 case to remove prayer from the public schools of our nation. That was the first time in America's history that 3% had become a majority. As a nation, we have strayed from our foundation. We have allowed faith and trust in man to become more important than our faith and trust in God and his promises. The Psalmist David said: Psalms 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? We must pray that the following two verses will continue to be a part of our nation's history: Psalms 33:12 "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." Proverbs 14:34 "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people."
There has to be a reason why the Lord allowed Psalms 118:8 to be the middle verse of the KJV Bible. "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man." Everything in life seems to hinge on that principle.
When disaster strikes and when man doesn't seem to have answers, it is natural to be afraid and fearful. There are mixed reports and a lot of uncertainty in our day because of COVID-19. This uncertainty should provide Christians the wonderful opportunity to let others know about the certainty that they have in their trust and faith in God and his word. We have many testimonies in the Bible, in the history of our nation and in our lives that prove God's power to change whatever needs to be changed. He wants us to continue to trust him and to put our faith in him. This does not mean that we are to be unconcerned and insensitive to what's going on around us but neither should we be so overly consumed that we have no time for God and his word.
One of the Devil's greatest weapons in his arsenal against a nation, the church, or a life is to destroy faith. According to Scripture everyone is given a measure of faith. When we read Romans 10:17, an important source for faith is the inspired word of God, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." 2 Timothy 3:16 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." So, may the Lord help us to take in more of the word into our daily lives so that we can better please him. Here is what David said: Psalms 119:11 "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Here is what Jesus said: John 6:63 … "the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." And here is what Peter said: John 6:68 "Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life." Hebrews 5:9 Jesus became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him. Obedience to his word is what saves us. It will also increase our faith and we will be able to say with confidence "In God We Trust."