Trust and Obey
If you love me, you will obey what I command. - John 14:15
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.” Simple words from a simple hymn. Yet these simple words contain incredible insight into the essential elements of the Christian life.
Trust and obedience are your allies when you surrender your life to God. “For it’s God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” That’s what the apostle Paul teaches in the book of Philippians. But if we don’t trust that God loves us, that He is all-wise and all-powerful, and that He cares for us; we won’t be very likely to obey Him, will we?
When it comes to our formal theology, we confess a belief which says that obedience is born out of trust. Yet in our day-to-day life, we’re too often disobedient in spite of giving lip-service to trust.
So the question remains: can you truly trust your Lord without obeying Him?
In Luke 11:28 Jesus calls those who hear the word of God and obey it “blessed.” In other words: “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.”
“Trusting in Him who can go with me, and remain with you, and be everywhere for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well. ” - Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
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