Trust and Obey

When I was young, there was a hymnal they used to sing at church called “Trust and Obey”. The words went like this:

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

I thought about this yesterday at church while New Ground was singing about trusting God. We should trust God. But that’s not the only thing we should do. The next step is to obey Him. We can say all day long, “Lord I trust you”, but if you really trusted Him, you would also do what He asked you to do. Ouch…much easier said than done.

Obeying God was played out in I Samuel 15, when God told King Saul to destroy the Amalekites(men, women, children), the animals…everything, because of what they did to the Israelites. King Saul only partially obeyed God. He killed the people, but spared the life of King Agag. He killed the weak things, but kept all the good things (sheep, cattle), under the guise of wanting to sacrifice them to The Lord.

The prophet Samuel confronted him about it and said to King Saul these famous words “to obey is better than sacrifice…because you have rejected the word of the Lord. He has rejected you as king”. King Saul admitted that he feared his men and begged to be forgiven, but it was too late. Because King Saul did not fully do what God instructed him to do, God rejected him from being King of Israel, thereby ushering in David, to be king over Israel.

Partial obedience is still disobedience.
Question: What is it that God is asking you to do, that you are not doing? What is it that you are partially doing? Do you trust God enough to obey him even when you don’t understand or don’t know the outcome? Do you obey God, even in the face of those who would judge you?

I encourage you today to begin to not only trust God, but to obey Him. When you obey Him, he is responsible for the outcome. His plans are not to harm you, but to give you hope and a future. He knows what He is doing. Obey God, don’t doubt, don’t try to figure it out. Do what he is asking you to do…and leave it at that.

Love you to life!

4 Comments

  • Karen L says:

    I love how you spur us on in this fight, obedience is a constant flesh issue & it has to be all or nothing. We can trust but can we obey? All the way? I’m reminded of how to WIN over sin I must stay in obedience,like a true soldier. Thank you Lady One!

  • Cara says:

    I have things a little backwards, I guess you could say.

    Growing up as so many of us did, under the preaching of the Law, we were taught ‘you better do what I tell you or else you’re going to hell’. This was drilled into us in so many different facets of life (from clothes to tithes) I was too scared NOT to obey. I’d obey and not understand. I’d obey and disagree. I’d obey and be fussing the whole time. I’d obey knowing good and well it didn’t make any sense. I’d obey outwardly but be disobeying inwardly.
    So, I know how to obey!! LOL

    My struggle now as an adult is not the obedience part; it’s the trusting part. My nature is pretty impulsive so I’ll obey what I believe God is telling me; as quickly and completely as I can. But then I’m second guessing things and, in essence, second guessing HIM. Especially if things don’t turn out like “I” thought they would or should.

    The only scripture I have on my wall? Prov 3:5-6, TRUST in the Lord with all thine heart…
    The only song lyrics I have printed out? “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus”. Most of those words I have a hard time singing but the one line I will sing full force, ‘o for grace to trust Him more’.

    And in times of testing / storms or in times of great stress, I always have to come back to this: Trust Him!!

  • Erica Waller says:

    Thank you Pastor Ruth for modeling and sharing openly your obedience as well as your struggles in your life for us. Helps us to know we can’t be perfect because we are human but we can be obedient. When you said “he is responsible for the outcome,” I felt a lift in my soul. My goal in life is to please my heavenly father everyday. Thanks for reminding me that its not my goody goody acts but my obedience to his word is what pleases him.

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