Trust and Obey…


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Trust and Obey…

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.

This great hymn of the faith was written by John H. Sammis, a Presbyterian Pastor in 1887.  It captures succinctly the foundational truth of our faith:  To know Jesus is to trust Jesus is to obey Jesus…!

In preaching and teaching on obedience this year, this song has often popped into my head.  While pondering what to write in this blog, the Lord showed me the “great disconnect” this hymn uncovers.

Many people today have trouble with the word “obedience.”  Many folks struggle with even the most basic and simple acts of obedience concerning the faith—things like committing to a local congregation, regularly attending worship services, reading the Word, spending time in prayer and worship, and of course, tithing.

Why do so many find it hard to obey even the little stuff Jesus calls us to do repeatedly in the Word?  Because so many people have deep-seated trust issues that continually cause them to fear commitment, question authority—even obvious Biblical authority—and basically struggle with obedience—even to and with Jesus.

Trust Issues are real and usually crippling in terms of relationships.  People who have experienced violations in trust—usually in their formative years—find it extremely hard to trust anyone—even Jesus…!

Before we can obey Jesus, we must trust Jesus.  Before we can trust Him, we must experience healing from Him concerning our trust issues. 

It is clear why many of us get stuck in a cycle that never quite gets us to a place of deep trust and easy obedience.  Because we have such a problem trusting anyone, we never allow Jesus into the most wounded places—the very places that need healing the most.  Because we never experience that healing, we never get to a place where relational obedience just flows out of trusting love.

We don’t trust.  We never get healed.  We fear obedience.  We feel like failures but can’t seem to get out of the vicious cycle.  We don’t trust.  We never get healed.  We fear obedience…

Sound familiar?  As a Pastor, I grieve for those who spend so much energy explaining why they don’t need a church, why tithing isn’t for them, why reading the Word just doesn’t happen, why prayer and worship “just take too much time.”  It takes far more energy to make excuses than it does to trust and obey.  BUT FOR THOSE WHO HAD TRUST ROBBED FROM THEM, THIS ISN’T AN EASY THING AT ALL!

So how do you get out of the vicious cycle?  How do you get healed of the trust wounds and discover the joy of trusting—and obeying?  That question could take a few more blogs to answer, but there is a verse of the hymn that may be incredibly helpful to you…

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 those who will trust and obey.

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


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