TFTW | In God We Trust (Psalm 56:11)
August 29, 2011
The last few weeks have been nail-biting times. The stock markets have been on a roller-coaster ride, taking a big dip that first weekend in August. Several countries are in deep financial trouble…perhaps on the brink of bankruptcy. The world’s largest economy is in deeper debt, having voted to increase their debt limit.
World financial markets seem to put their trust in large economies. Those who have been bailing the world out of debt are in turn in huge debt themselves.
Ironically a major world currency has the words “In God we trust” imprinted on it.
It is not our intent to judge whether or not they have been trusting God, but we want to ask ourselves “Is God our trust?”
Stories in the Old Testament have shown, over and over again, God’s providence for His people, Israel. Though they have not always been faithful, He has shown Himself trustworthy.
Let’s recall some Old Testament stories of God’s leading. Israel crossed the Red Sea on dry ground. The pillar of fire by night provided light in darkness, and the cloud by day shielded them from the sun during their 40 years in the wilderness. Manna, their best nutritional source, kept diseases at bay. In the desert, water was provided.
Despite their army being weaker than their enemies, wars were fought and won. Leaders like Samuel, David, Elijah, Elisha, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther and even a heathen king, Cyrus were raised and put in the right place, at the right time to care for Israel. Their disobedience sent them to captivity, but as His Word promised they were released at just the right time.
In the New Testament, the fulfillment of the promised Son was delivered as predicted. Jesus also taught “…do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, drink…look at the birds of the air…your heavenly father feeds them.”
Stories of God’s provision for both individuals and organizations abound. Hundreds of orphans in George Mueller’s orphanage were without food. While Grandma Han, an OMF missionary in Taiwan was witnessing to a skeptical neighbor when her pantry went empty. What do you think happened? Both Mueller and Grandma Han prayed in trust. God provided. Over the years, 10,000 orphans were raised without lack. Grandma Han’s pantry went empty, but her table was full.
In the epistles, Paul taught in Philippians 4:19, “…my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ.” Many over the centuries have trusted and experienced that the GOD who gave these Words can be trusted.
Personally, over the years I myself have experienced God’s faithful providence at the right time. Whatever the need, God can be trusted to provide.
What circumstances are you facing now that requires a need to learn trust in God? Is it a personal or an organizational need? Is it monetary? A relationship? A health issue? The same God trusted by the ones above, is still the same yesterday, today and forever.
Take time to trace events in your past that reminds you of God’s faithfulness. Even in dark moments, David can cry “In God I have put my trust. I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
Can you also say, “In God I have put my trust”?
Thought For The Week (TFTW) is contributed by Dr Koh Siang Kiang, Associate Professor (Christian Education) at the Singapore Bible College (SBC). She graduated from SBC and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), USA, and has served in various ministries for more than 35 years, including teaching at DTS. Dr Koh has been with SBC for the last 10 years, and has a passion for people and teaching the Word of God. She also loves to make the Bible come alive by leading tours to the Holy Land, and has led 12 such trips. To help her relax, Dr Koh likes to cook and cross-stitch.