15th November 2012

Trust And Obey

“To God’s elect, strangers in the world…who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood.”
1 Peter 1:1-2 (NIV)

One of the most popular hymns today is “Trust and Obey” written by John H. Sammis (1846 – 1919). It is sung in many churches throughout the world. There is nothing complicated about the lyrics:
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to 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.”

As shown in the scripture above, we have been chosen by God the Father for obedience to Jesus.  The Holy Spirit then enables us to obey and follow Him. Even Jesus himself, the very Son of God, who did no wrong, learned obedience from what He suffered and became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. (Hebrews 5:8–9).

In the Old Testament, King Saul learned the importance of obedience the hard way. The kingdom was taken away from him and given to David who was willing to obey God. (1 Samuel 15:22-23; Acts 13:22). Our obedience is a response to what God has done for us through Christ’s life, death and Resurrection. Ours is not perfect obedience, but God looks on the heart, as he did with David. ( 1 Samuel16.7 ) Obedience to God is not always easy but it is based on our trust in God. As regarding trust or faith, Jesus simply said in John 14:1, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.”

Trust and obey, for there is no other way.

Prayer
Thank you Holy Spirit for inspiring the men and women who wrote the hymns that we love to sing when we come together to worship the Father and the Son.
Amen

Study by Sherwin Scott 

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