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"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding."
(Proverbs 3:5 KJV)

Edging God Out They pushed God to the side, and then they put Him back!

There are two kinds of Presidential one dollar coins floating around, one has an almost invisible "In God we trust" and the other has the phrase inscribed on the face. Confusing?

In 2007 the U.S. Mint started distributing coins featuring likenesses of all of the Presidents. However, the new design rubbed a lot of people because it took the words "In God we trust" from the front of the coin and put it on the edge instead. Since no one ever reads the edge of a coin many thought it had been removed altogether. Thanks to the Internet, a silent national protest began and in 2009 "In God we trust" made it back to the front of the coins.

The original idea of placing the "trust" statement out of edge of the coin and nearly out of sight is a sign of the times; we are trusting in God less. It seems as though God is being pushed out of all public life and private lives as well. However, the protest that resulted in it being replaced is also a sign. It's a sign of what happens when people of God stand up.

Trusting God should not be a debatable concern for believers; it is understood. We must trust Him for our very being. We cannot move Him to the edge of our life experience; He demands and deserves first place. We should trust Him for our daily needs, protection and favor. We dare not risk moving Him to the edge of our lives or even worse, out of our lives altogether.

Proverbs 3:5 says, "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." If you happen to run upon one of those dollar coins with "God" on the edge, keep it as an example of what can happen if the faithful ever lose sight of God.

Pastor Campbell can reached at larrycampbell14@ca.rr.com

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