“Trust and Obey”
By faith Abraham obeyed, when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that had foundations, whose designer and builder is God. —Hebrews 11:8-10
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey!” This old hymn was a regular staple of worship in my church growing up. I always enjoyed its simple call to the basics of following Christ. But is it really that simple in life? The short answer is no. It ought to be that simple, but it’s not. It appears that it wasn’t that simple for Abraham either. A careful study of his life shows us that this song could have been his theme song and it reveals that this call to trust and obedience must be our calling also.
Abraham’s life was full of twists and turns. He had to trust God at every point on his life journey. Sometimes he did and sometimes he didn’t. When he did, things went well for him. When he didn’t, there was always a price to pay. I’m convinced that it’s the same for us.
Just like Abraham, we are on this earth in relationship with God, looking forward to the city that has eternal foundations. This is where we will dwell forever with Christ as our eternal King. Just like Abraham, there are times in our lives, when we want to grab the reigns and direct just a little bit when it gets scary or uncertain. The question becomes, as it was for Abraham, will we trust and obey or not.
It is an awesome thought and a sobering call that while we look ahead to the eternal things, we must choose to walk faithfully in the present by the principle of trust and obedience. For us to really trust Christ, we must know His character and works and readily place our lives in His sovereign hands. The only way we truly learn about His character is when we (you guessed it) trust and obey. Only when we place our faith in Him alone and His sacrifice on the cross on our behalf are we able to walk each day in obedience to Him and His Word. To trust and obey, we must trust and obey. My friends, let’s answer the call to walk in faith and in relationship as we “trust and obey!” —Brian White
· Am I trusting the Lord and resting in His faithfulness and providence?
· Am I attentive and obedient to His instruction and His Way as He has recorded it in His Word?
Prayer – Heavenly Father, I know that Your ways are best. It just makes sense that every time I trust You and obey, I am learning to trust You more. Why is it that I have such a hard time with this simple and timeless truth? Forgive me for my unbelief. Help me to walk in Your ways that I may know you more and more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.