United States currency displays the phrase “In God we trust.” That always struck me as a wee bit odd. Why on their money, of all things, do people proclaim their trust in their creator? Does the Creator have something to do with wealth or is it the other way around?
In my confirmation class way back in the 90s, I learned that the most important thing in our life is in fact one’s god. So the very thing, be it spouse, family, car, cottage, job, bank account, that we hold most dear, most closely to our hearts, becomes our god. The object or centre of our worship is our god.
Jeremiah exhorts us to turn our hearts, our minds and our worship to God, so that we can trust in God the Lord alone. For that trust, for that kind of keeping God at the centre, we will be blessed. Trusting in the Lord doesn’t mean we won’t have troubles in our lives or adversity to face, but as we are trusting, we are solidly blessed by our God, who names us and claims us as God’s own. In being blessed, we know God’s grace, and for that blessing, we give thanks.
Lord, our God, help us to trust in you and in you alone. Amen. — KJB