Psalm 37:16-19 "In God We Trust."on this week's Word of Grace Devotion with Senior Pastor Joe Marquez.
The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of February 19, 2018
In God We Trust
Psalm 37:16-19, "Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. 17For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous. 18The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever; 19they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance.” ESV
Beloved, “In God We Trust” is the official motto of the United States of America. It was adopted as the nation's motto in 1956 as a replacement or alternative to the unofficial motto of E pluribus unum, which was adopted when the Great Seal of the United States was created and adopted in 1782.
It almost seems ironic that “In God We trust” would be placed on our currency (money). It leads us to the question, “Are we trusting in money or in God?” I ask that question not only to you but to myself as well. DO I truly trust God more than I trust money? Concerning this issue, I love what The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians in 4:10–13, “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Beloved, we all know that there are days (seasons) of abundance and days (seasons) of famine. The reality is that I must learn to trust God when I have abundance and when I seem to lack. Concerning money, David Guzik said this: “A God-trusting, righteous life is the best long-term investment strategy.”
Lord, help us to live a righteous life trusting You over money! In God we trust indeed!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
In Jesus’ Name-
The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of February 5, 2018
Rest and Trust
Exodus 23:10-12, “For six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield, 11but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the beasts of the field may eat. You shall do likewise with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard. 12“Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your servant woman, and the alien, may be refreshed." ESV
Beloved, Scripture tells us in Genesis 2:2–3, “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”
This day of rest was established well before the law and given to man as Jesus said in Mark 2:27, “And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Unfortunately, the Sabbath has taken on many different applications other than rest.
But the Lord spoke to me this morning about rest and trust. In Exodus 23 we find the Lord commanding the Israelites to allow the land to take a year of rest. In doing so the Israelites would also rest but this required trust.
We can hear the Israelites saying, “Where are we going to get food and who is going to pay the bills?” We say the same things. We do not rest because we do not trust. We also do not give because we do not trust.
We need to understand that when we rest, we trust that the Lord will provide for us while we rest. By the way, the Israelites did not follow the Lord's command and it ultimately resulted in them owing the Lord 70 years. He took it out from them as He exiled them to Babylon. So do you owe the Lord any time?
Beloved, I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you and for all of us that we would rest and trust in the Lord!
Resting and Trusting in Him,