“Trust and Obey” (Originally posted March 11, 2014)
“Trust and Obey.” Many of us are familiar with this timeless hymn still sung in many churches around the world. The refrain speaks to a simple truth about following God. “Trust and Obey” is a truth I’ve found many unbelievers have difficulty with because they think Christians profess to have all of the answers. Those Christians farther along on their walk with God know that, all too often, we don’t know why God has asked something of us or why something has happened. Sometimes it’s necessary to just trust and obey. With the technology of our modern age and our immediate access to information, we convince ourselves that we need to know everything. Many things in our world try to encourage us to not trust God. This is exactly how Satan works, creating distrust and skepticism towards what we know to be true. He whispers to us during times of desperation, “Don’t trust God to take care of you.” “Don’t trust anyone else; they’ll only let you down.” “Just look out for yourself…you’re the only one you can truly trust.”
While Satan plants his poison in our minds, God responds by reminding us that He loves us. He knew us before the beginning of time. He has a plan for us through His son Jesus Christ. In fact, Jesus himself reminds us of that plan in John 12:44-50. He said, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only but in the one who sent me. The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. I have come into this world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”
Jesus is telling us to trust him. Obey his teachings for in doing so we are obeying God and getting to know Him. Trust and obedience does not negate rational thought and physical evidence either. The world would have us believe that followers of God blindly believe in something that makes no sense; that we are uneducated and naive. The exact opposite is true. Most Christians have dutifully examined scripture and compared it to what we see in the world and other physical evidences and have reasonably come to the conclusion that trusting and obeying God is not far-fetched after all.
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
It’s been a rough week. Not for me personally, but for some close to me and my family. I’ve been reminded this week that it’s during the difficult and trying times in life that we must fully embrace the concept of trusting and obeying God.
As the above post teaches, I’ve recently witnessed Satan poison the minds of Christians and convince them to place their trust in their own understanding instead of in the wisdom and purity of our all-knowing God. I’ve heard them make excuses for their decisions and sins and watched as they have thrown away every good blessing God has given them in the pursuit of personal happiness.
But I have also been witness to amazing strength being exemplified by other Christians when they faced the death of a family member or the tearing apart of their marriage and everything normal in their life. I’ve watched in amazement as they have openly proclaimed their trust in God during the most devastating of times. They have committed to serving and obeying God and they will continue to do so regardless of the difficulties that Satan or this world throw their way.
I wrote the above post as encouragement for those of us who’ve chosen to give our entire lives to Christ. Sometimes, Satan or the world in which we live will try to convince us to trust in ourselves more than God. Sometimes, we are fed lies and delusions that create distrust towards God’s word and what we know to be true. Sometimes it’s necessary to just trust and obey, regardless the circumstances, and know that God wants the best for his children.