“In God we trust” became the official motto of the U.S. in 1956. However, in the fourth verse of
“The Star Spangled Banner” written in 1812, it says, “And this be our motto: ‘In God is our Trust.” After the bombing of the twin towers on 9/11 members of Congress stood on the steps of the Capitol and sang “God Bless America.” But are their actions, the rulings of the courts, and the lives of Americans worthy of God’s blessing?
Some events recorded in the Bible demonstrate the value of trusting in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For example, Elijah was fed by ravens in time of famine and later by a little meal and oil that kept being replaced day by day. There’s David who killed a well-armored giant with a sling stone, and Daniel who was not harmed in the lion’s den, and three who were cast into a fiery furnace and walked out without even the smell of smoke. God can do what no other power is able to do!
Trusting in God frees us of many fears. When we know that God is in control we don’t have to be concerned about climate change because God promised summer and winter, day and night, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat as long as the earth exists (Gen 8:22). That should relieve worries about our livelihood and the economy also. Nor do we have to worry about man destroying the earth; God will do that in His own time (2 Peter 3). And death does not need to be feared when we accept God’s plan.
Jesus said, “Except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3), and He expects us to live according to the principles recorded in the Bible. The Apostle Paul wrote to believers that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” 2 Cor. 56-10.
I would like to suggest that we take to heart our national motto: “In God we trust.”