September 27 – In God We Trust

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“The liberties of a nation will be insecure if we remove the conviction that these liberties are the gift of God”– Thomas Jefferson

     Since 1864 the motto, “In God We Trust” has appeared sporadically on our coins and currency.  The phrase originated from the song, The Star Spangled Banner, during the War of 1812. The fourth stanza reads, “And this be our motto, In God is our Trust.”  It was an unofficial slogan for many years, but in 1956 it became the official motto. The law requires the motto to appear on all currency and coinage.  This came at a time during the Cold War when America wanted to make refute the cold, atheistic tendencies of Communism and Marxism.

Although “In God we Trust” hasn’t always been our official motto, it has been the anthem of our nation since its inception.  Our founding fathers believed and trusted in the sovereign God of all creation. It was John Quincy Adams who said, “The highest glory of the American Revolution was that it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”

The providential care of God has historically been our anthem.  Sadly, these days, we trust our money and markets more than our Maker.  May God stir our hearts back to Himself, and may we realize our lives are guided by the One Who is worthy of our trust.

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING: Habakkuk 1-Zephaniah 3

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