From a recent Southern Gospel World blog by Sony Elise:
Trust and obedience: two things which are vital as we walk with the Lord. Sometimes I feel like obedience wouldn’t be a problem if I knew what exactly God wanted me to do. On the other hand, I know there are times God is speaking to my Spirit and I ignore His promptings. I’m trying to remedy this, however. I want to be faithful to recognize His voice when He speaks and to move forward accordingly.
In some ways, trust is harder for me but I feel like if I can master that, it will make every other area of life easier to manage. After all, the only reason not to trust is if I’m full of fear which is the opposite of faith which does not please God.
Of course, our thoughts are immediately drawn to the old hymn that’s been popular ever since it was written 125 years ago:
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.
Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear,
Not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
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.
Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.
Those words were penned by John H. Sammis, after the phrase “I’m going to trust, and I’m going to obey” was heard uttered during a Dwight L. Moody evangelistic gathering in 1887.
I can’t help but share this somewhat humorous real-world, “today” experience relating to trust: The U. S. Government’s Transportation Security Administration has now determined that Bill Gaither and yours truly are no longer potential “shoe bombers.” Yes, those who are 75 and older no longer need to take their shoes off when going through airport security … which I discovered as Alicia and I returned a few days ago from a “flying” trip to Florida for a big family event.
Bottom Line . . .
Even here where we live in the world called earth, where we are admonished by Jesus to “give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s” (government and its laws) … we truly need to . . .
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5)
. . . and then remember the words of Jesus as recorded in Luke 11:28: “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” A-men!