“As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock . . . so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered.” (Ezek. 34:12)

WE PUT OUR TRUST in numerous, everyday things. We take for granted that we can run to the store and purchase what we need. We trust that our cars will start and take us there. We trust that when we flip the switch we will have lights, coffee, and other “necessities” that run by electricity. We go on living day-to-day, putting our trust into things to keep our lives “normal.” But when it comes to trusting the One who ultimately provides these things for us and protects us from evil, we fall short on the trust scale.

The Israelites were being abused by shepherds who looked out only for themselves. They took advantage of God’s chosen people. Ezekiel and Jeremiah were to tell the people the promise of the coming Rescuer, the One who would reign with righteousness and justice and bring them back to their homeland, giving them the best He had. Some chose not to hear the message, and some returned to their home where they lived in bounty.

“In God We Trust” is inscribed on US currency, which is used daily. We use our hearts on a daily basis to keep us going. We should have “In God We Trust” inscribed on our hearts and live in a way that shows we do trust our Rescuer.

Trust the One who promises to give you life.

Carol Jimerson works as a letter carrier and enjoys gardening, canning, being a grandma, and taking photos.

© 2017 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.