Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
TRUST AND OBEY. Two words which tell us a lot about what our Lord and Savior expects of us and that first verse of the nineteenth century hymn of that name by John Sammis tells us simply how to make our lives happy, by trusting and obeying the Lord. There is no other way to reach the ultimate in happiness, and it is the only way to achieve Eternal Life. Some disagree and think they can get total happiness on their own, yet when all goes downhill for them as it often does for any of us as well, when true solace is what we need, only God is always there for us. When we trust someone, we listen to what they say they will do and believe that they will do so, while to obey means we do those things that are expected of us. We Christians state routinely that we believe both the requirements to trust and obey the Lord, yet in our very lives we often come up so short. After all, it is easy to say we trust and will obey Him when things are going well, but when the bottom falls out, we often turn to a quick fix and false solution that ultimate solves nothing. The guidance of the Lord is usually not a quick fix, but when we listen and follow, the solution comes, sometimes in ways we never expected and it works.
Today, many of us think that something is dreadfully wrong in both America and the world and we seek quick fixes. A child gets shot and we think that more gun control will eliminate the problem. When the weather is bad we think we can sign on to the concept of man-made global warming, yet generations later we find that not only are we still here, but billions of dollars have been fraudulently spent and frittered away. Some even believe that allowing a child to be born and then putting it to death is somehow legitimate aspect of women's rights, not murder and that a high official has the right to make edicts that violate every concept of the freedom that we Americans have been granted from none other than God Himself. We are even jaded enough to think that we can will a gender on ourselves or others or even create new ones, despite the Creation of man and woman as the only biological forms of human beings. And, we expect politicians to solve all of our problems based upon their promises, yet later nothing has changed but we find out that, once again, we have been used for their personal gain. Then we repeat the same mistakes over and over while God must look down on us in total amazement about how foolish we truly are with our own free will.
But God the Father, Jesus His Son and Lord and Savior and the Holy Spirit who dwells inside us are, as the Holy Trinity, always are there for us and waiting for us to call. They stand ready to help on a moment's notice yet we often disappoint them. Instead, we so often look to other mortals for the answers. Why not trust in God and obey His wishes and give it a chance to change our lives? Pick up the Bible and read the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes or even the special discussion of the importance of love in 1 Corinthians chapter 13. If you have no idea where to look to find their location, go online, try the Topical Bible or some such source and it can find it for you quickly. Or just Google it, and it will help you as well. Don't keep barking up the wrong tree and get curious and do some research. And when you read it, ponder it, and read again. The Spirit will work His magic and open your heart if you give it a try. What do you have to lose? Nothing. But you can gain eternity. I hope if you haven't already come to a positive conclusion, you'll give it a try. And be blessed this day and just know that God loves you and each of us. He must have to offer up His Son for us.