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'In God we trust'

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On a $20 gold coin I was given, there is a small inscription: “In God we trust.” Thinking about what those words mean in relation to financial affairs, I recall an experience that proved the value of trusting in God.

After fulfilling one of the biggest orders I had received as a freelance graphic designer, I sent an invoice to the customer but later found that the customer had not paid. After making some calls about it, I learned that the firm I had worked for had gone bankrupt, that my claims were deemed unimportant in comparison with those of other creditors, and that there wasn’t the least hope of ever getting my money. My reaction was one of utmost despair, because there hadn’t been any other income while I had been working on that order, and I was in great need.

As I earnestly turned to prayer, I became convinced that God, the one ever-present Mind, was in control of the whole situation in spite of the threatening outward appearance. I even felt free of blaming others for being responsible for my situation. I went on listening for inspiration, and as if the word were being spoken to me, I heard an inner voice saying, “Trust.” At first I couldn’t believe what I heard. In whom could I trust in a case like this? The answer was within the lines of a hymn I remembered: “Trust all to God, the Father, / Confide thou in none other, / He is thy sole defense; / He cares for thee past measure, / Seek Him who has thy treasure …” (Gerhardt/Stenersen, Christian Science Hymnal, No. 361, translated © CSBD). 

On visiting my bank, I learned that the amount had not come in yet, but I continued trusting God. Imagine my joy when, some three weeks later, the amount the customer owed had been credited to my account. My trust had been fulfilled.

When we put our financial affairs into the hands of God, who is Love itself, love has to be the currency that underlies any transaction. This spiritual currency is really an interchange of ideas, which is blessing each party in the transaction. Supply always meets demand in God’s economy. This is a balance that satisfies all participants, who feel surrounded by divine Love, always able to give from this Love.

In Romans we read, “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law” (13:8). Balancing any demand we have concerning our debtors by means of the universal currency of love, we can trust God to refill our purse. The Bible tells us: “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust …” (Psalms 31:1). That’s not only true concerning oneself but all financial transactions among people and nations.

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