Based on Matthew 6:5-13
When I was a South Carolina government employee, â€œdirect depositâ€ was a new paycheck option that initially received a lukewarm response. Fewer than half of my co-workers signed up for it because, as one of them said, â€œI donâ€™t trust that – I need to see and touch my money!â€
Weâ€™ve come a long way since those days. Paychecks and retirement checks are now routinely deposited electronically to our bank accounts, we commonly use debit cards to access our funds, and we check our balances and transfer money between accounts online. In many respects, weâ€™ve become an almost â€œcashlessâ€ society.
Our doing so is a matter of trust in technology. We routinely pay bills through automatic account withdrawals and make purchases with â€œplastic,â€ and our churchâ€™s website even offers an online contribution option. Years ago, as my former co-worker said, we needed to â€œsee and touchâ€ our money. For many of us today, however, money is an abstract concept – we believe that itâ€™s in our bank accounts without seeing or touching it.
If we can exercise that kind of faith in electronic banking, then we should have equal – and greater – faith in the God who created us, provides for us, and knows what we need before we think to ask for it. Many people who trust in electronic banking without hesitation are reluctant to trust in a God that they canâ€™t see or touch, and will sometimes ask for evidence that there is a God and that God is blessing them. Taking the time to count our blessings can address that concern.
Just as the word â€œapprovedâ€ appears on cash register keypads when we make a successful debit card purchase and just as our merchandise arrives on time when we make an online purchase, our daily blessings are evidence of the presence of God. We may not see God face to face, but our waking up each day, making it through lifeâ€™s rough spots and being well and safe in spite of lifeâ€™s challenges are evidence of the blessed presence of God in our lives.
When we apply the same standard to the reliable goodness of the Lord that we apply to the reliability of â€œelectronicâ€ money, then weâ€™ll realize how good God is to us. Weâ€™ll find new peace of mind and new encouragement in knowing that a mighty God that we canâ€™t see or touch is with us every step along lifeâ€™s way and find new meaning in the words of an old hymn of the church – â€œMany things about tomorrow I donâ€™t seem to understand, but I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand.â€