Learning to Trust and Obey
As a newly saved boy of 12, I didn't automatically know how to trust and follow God. For more than 60 years, the Lord has been training me in His "School of Obedience." The most basic principle I learned there is also an essential key to spiritual maturity: Believers must trust God.
People do not obey a God whom they do not trust. In fact, I would say that most rebellion happens when a believer says, "I know what the Lord says, but . . . " When we hang a "but" at the end of a biblical promise, we're about to make an excuse to disobey.
The key lesson for trusting the Lord is recognizing His identity. God is the loving Creator and sovereign Ruler of the universe (Ps. 33; Ps. 103:19). His nature prevents Him from making promises that He will not fulfill (Ps. 89:34). And His ancient scriptural statutes apply to modern lives because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8).
Men and women who believe that the Lord is who He claims to be are willing to surrender to Him. They'll commit to obey Him in all things and then observe the results. (Hint: Obedience = Blessing, whereas Rebellion = Sorrow.) If you need assurance that the trust principle works, take a look at the lives of other believers, including biblical saints like David and Paul.
We cannot follow God on a case-by-case basis. Either we trust and obey or we don't. The Sovereign of the universe invites us to depend upon Him to direct our path. Since He is in charge anyway, isn't it better to walk beside Him than to resist His efforts to steer us right?
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