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.
Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt nor a fear,
Not a sigh nor 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 nor a loss,
Not a frown nor a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove
The delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favour He shows,
And the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we'll walk By His side in the way;
What He says we will do,
Where He sends we will go -
Never fear, only trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.
A favourite hymn.
In our Sunday worship services recently, there has been an undercurrent
of instruction of what faith actually is, not in theory, because it is
stated clearly in the Bible, but practically, as it affects each of us
in our daily living and how we react to that knowledge.
In the beginning of our walk, each of us trusted in the Truth of the
presence of God, and that Truth led us to realise our utter depravity in
comparison to God's perfect righteousness; which in turn led us to repentance
and this led to the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives - spirit soul
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath
sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written
in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore
that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
Then came the strait gate and the narrow way - the spiritual pointer which
is revealed in the following Scripture passages:
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me,
he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto
him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my
sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which
And when they had brought them, they set them before the council:
and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you
that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem
with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. Then
Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey
God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew
and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be
a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness
of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also
the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
Let's deal with trust first. What does it mean?
Put in a nutshell and placed before our eyes by the words of a little boy:
"Do you really mean it Father, or is it only a promise?"
Let us ask ourselves "Do I really believe like Paul who said "to die is
gain"; that there is certainty of a better place? Is this place real to
me? Is God real to me?"
Let's read some words from the Psalms:
**Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.** I will sing of the mercies of the LORD
for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt
thou establish in the very heavens. I have made a covenant with my chosen,
I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever,
and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.
What about obedience?
God said "Thou shalt not steal."
He also said "Obey the laws of the land."
He especially said, by Jesus "Feed the poor."
OK, so now that you are a Christian, you no longer steal or lie.
While driving, you also obey the directions given on the traffic signs.
We know that these are sins and therefore try and keep ourselves from them.
But, do you feed the poor? This doesn't mean giving money to charity, or
to your church for them to feed the poor. Jesus said "Feed the poor." You
are to decide who is poor and you are to hand the food over, eyeball to
If I don't steal, but don't feed the poor, my disobedience is the same
to me as if I did steal, not so? I'm not being obedient to the words of
my Saviour - who died to give me this freedom.
Please understand, we are not dealing with the law here, but our willingness,
our compassion to look upon those less fortunate than ourselves and help
them in some small way, because even though we might be poor ourselves,
they are poorer than we. Even a couple of slices of bread, a kind word
and a mention of the Name above all names shall go a long way to comfort
those in despair.
It's called charity.
This is especially the responsibility of husbands, who have been given
the privilege of spiritual authority in the home.
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and
all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his
glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate
them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the
goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the
left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed
of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation
of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty,
and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye
clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came
unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we
thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee
drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked,
and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came
unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto
you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these
my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto
them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,
prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungered, and ye gave
me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and
ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and
ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when
saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick,
or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them,
saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one
of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away
into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of
my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the
Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the
Ask yourself "Do I trust Him enough to believe that what He says will happen,
will happen to me?"
Do I believe?
Trust and Obey
Can you ever come to the point of trusting that the following shall come
to pass if you only believed?
Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. And when
he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon,
but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow
on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered
away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How
soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered and said unto them,
Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt
not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but
also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast
into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask
in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them,
Let us pass over unto the other side.
And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was
in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there
arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that
it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a
pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that
we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace,
be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he
said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it
that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one
to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea
And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion
toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began
to teach them many things. And when the day was now far spent, his disciples
came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is
far passed: Send them away, that they may go into the country round about,
and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing
to eat. He answered and said unto them, Give ye them
to eat. And they say unto him, Shall
we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? He
saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and
see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. And he
commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.
And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. And when he had
taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed,
and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before
them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they did all eat,
and were filled.
And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone
on the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary
unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them,
walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. But when they saw
him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried
out: For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked
with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer:
it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship;
and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure,
and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves:
for their heart was hardened.
This was after:
And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth
by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
And they went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out
many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
Let's see also:
And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples
follow him. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the
synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence
hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which
is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses,
and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they
were offended at him. But Jesus said unto them, A
prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own
kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work,
save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the
So, we see that if we trust and believe our Lord enough, spiritual power
shall be given us*
Can you make this into reality? Can I?
Yes, I doubt that any mountains have yet been cast into the sea. But then,
who, being a follower of Christ Jesus would find the need to do so.
Do you see where this line of thought and prompting of the Holy Spirit
can lead to?
We must use our time wisely.
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them;
that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto
the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save
thyself, and them that hear thee.
(1 Timothy 4:15-16)
* See "Four Stages of Faith"