Trust And Obey

God didn’t make it complicated for us. We make it complicated for ourselves. I love the old hymn that spells out the basics:

1. 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.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2. 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.

3. But we never can prove
the delights of his love
until all on the altar we lay;
for the favor he shows,
for the joy he bestows,
are for them who will trust and obey.

4. 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.

Published in: on January 10, 2014 at 8:04 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. Obedience trust. An appropriate title!

    You concluded, “So Christians don’t have things easy–but it might be a little easier to go through hard times with someone rather than alone, knowing that there’s a grand purpose for it and a sweet end waiting.”

    Indeed. And it was very helpful to pull in the Romans 8 part that many Christians conveniently skip: that God intends that we will grow to be more like Jesus his son. It’s that growth that is good, very good. We tend to think good will equate to easy life, wealth and happiness. Yet contentment through adversity is a picture the Bible overwhelmingly paints. Faithfulness to a 100% faithful God. And it’s important to remind ourselves by reading the Bible that this ‘greater purpose’ is centred on God rather than us. God generously and inexplicably includes us in his wonderful family despite the universe being made by and for him!

    Thanks for your post!


  2. or rather, titled ‘Trusting God Doesn’t Mean Things Will Be Easy’ 😉

    Look forward to reading more, Rebecca!


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