In the final analysis, “Trust And Obey” has been the requirement of God from the Garden of Eden until now. For Adam and Eve, it was “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (Genesis 1:28). Eat all the vegetables and fruit you want with the single exception of the fruit of one particular tree. Trust and obey.
During the Patriarchal Age God expressed His will to individuals directly. He told Cain and Abel to offer sacrifice. He directed Noah to build the ark. Abraham was to leave Ur of the Chaldees and go to the place God showed him. He commissioned Moses to lead the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt. There were times that the actions were tied to promises and other times it was simply a command, but the expectation was the same – Trust and obey.
God gave Moses His law on Mt. Sinai. It contained numerous statues and ordinances for the His chosen people, Israel, to obey carefully. “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2). Don’t rethink or explain away what I am telling you. This is what is required of you to be in a covenant with me, Israel. Trust and obey.
However, as we read we also see that neither Adam and Eve nor any of their descendants trusted and obeyed flawlessly. They fell short just as God knew they would. In His love and mercy, He not only provided a way for them to make atonement for their sin, but he also planned and sent Jesus to offer His own body and blood to save us that would come to Him to receive salvation from our sin. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). “If you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). Trust and obey.
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.” It was true for them, and it is true for us today. Put your faith into action, and in doing so you will receive not only salvation but also an eternal reward!
By: Joe Slater (edited)