Contentment #3 – In God We Trust
Ryan Story | Student Pastor
One of the greatest decisions I have ever made in my life is to get rid of my wallet. I had the George Costanza wallet going on from the time I was a teenager. If you were not a Seinfeld fan, what that means is my wallet was overly filled from having cash, credit cards, driver’s license, library card, movie card, Qdoba card, Blockbuster card, and so much more. The day I stopped using a wallet I noticed two things, first, my back stopped hurting, and the second is that I stopped walking around with cash. Now if you have always walked around with cash and have stopped it is a weird phenomenon. When I had my wallet, dollar bills became familiar. The artwork, the texture, the watermarks, the words on the bills all became less captivating. Whenever I end up with cash nowadays, I catch myself examining every part of the bill just because I have not seen cash in so long. One area on the greenbacks that caught my attention recently is the part that says, “In God We Trust.”
It is rather ironic that a dollar bill would have that written on it. At times, I feel that our trust for God is directly linked to the amount of money we have. If I have a lot of money in my savings account, it is easy to trust God. If my bank account is dwindling, it seems my trust gets a bit shaky. There can be many things that cause us to start doubting Jesus’ plan, and it is ironic that the one thing that says “In God We Trust” on it causes us not to trust God. Jesus is the only person who we can put 100% of our trust and faith in, and He will not fail us. It seems odd that we still seem to put just as much trust in our bank accounts as we do our Savior.
It is no wonder that Jesus would talk about money if it can cause such an issue in our walk with Christ. Sixteen of the thirty-eight parables were focused on how to handle money and possessions. If Jesus’ desire is for us to put our faith in Him so we can be saved from our sins, it is not crazy to think that He would be so blunt in Matthew 6 about money. Jesus says, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” So I ask you, whom do you serve? Who is your master? Which master do you seem to trust more when you get an expectant bill? Take some time to look at your bank account and look at your Bible.
Remember: ‘In God You Trust.’