Trust and Obey

Trust and Obey

Trust and obey, For there’s no other way,  To be happy in Jesus,  But to trust and obey.

Throughout your life I’m sure that there are many moments where you feel generally in control.  Like when you are driving your car, and you feel comfortable enough to look down and change the radio.  Why?  Because you think you have it all under control.  Or, you go out for a walk and you stop looking at the road in front of you to admire the sunset.  Why?  Because you feel like you have it all under control. Right?  Yet, over time there are situations that arise where we realize how small we actually are, and how out of our control the situation we are in truly is.  It’s in these moments that these lyrics are about the only thing that we can do because everything that we thought was “under control” isn’t any longer. 

Trust and obey, For there’s no other way

We trust in His goodness, His power and His presence.  We learn to trust in His plan and to find comfort in His protection.  Why?  Because when the doctors fail us, when money cannot buy our way out, when the loss is to great for someone else to heal – we finally have our eyes opened to the truth.  Without Him I would be nothing, without Him I’d surely fail. 

So what do we do?  Well, why don’t we begin by listening to the lesson taught in the song. A lesson that John Henry Sammis (1846-1919) learned and wrote about from his experience, that our forebearers have been singing the truth of for years… that is faithfully handed down to us.

When we walk with the Lord, In the light of His Word, What a glory He sheds on our way;  While we do His good will,  He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey. Not a shadow can rise, Not a cloud in the skies, But His smile quickly drives it away; Not a doubt or a fear, Not a sigh or a tear, Can abide while we trust and obey. Not a burden we bear, Not a sorrow we share, But our toil He doth richly repay;  Not a grief or a loss,  Not a frown or a cross, But is blest if we trust and obey. But we never can prove, The delights of His love, Until all on the altar we lay;  For the favor He shows, And the joy He bestows, Are for them who will trust and obey. Then in fellowship sweet, We will sit at His feet, Or we’ll walk by His side in the way; What He says we will do;  Where He sends, we will go, Never fear, only trust and obey. Trust and obey, For there’s no other way,  To be happy in Jesus,  But to trust and obey.

This month I want us to focus on this thought as we pray.  Pray for:

  • Our eyes to be opened to the truth of it (because it is so easy to forget in times of blessing).
  • For us to not lose heart but be motivated to walk in that trust.
  • For us to remember that this comfort is not just for you – but for all who come to God – so let’s share that good news with those that are lost and hurting.  I’ve found someone that can help, so let me share not only what God has done for me…but what He can do for you!

Striving alongside you for the prize,                     
Jay