Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to 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 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 blessed if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Macy and I were in the car this morning, listening to this old hymn, jazzed up a bit by Big Daddy Weave. She learned the chorus pretty quickly and soon asked me a question. “So that’s all you have to do, to be happy in Jesus? Just trust and obey?” I replied, “Well….yes.” She then said with a shrug, “Okay, I can do that. That doesn’t sound too hard.” Kids make things seem so simple, don’t they?
But we grownups…well, we see what tests and pains come from trusting and obeying. Trusting and obeying in the darkness of your present circumstances? When you have no idea where your life is headed? Trusting and obeying when all you’ve counted on is just a memory? Yes. That is trust. And that is obedience.
The thing is, we sometimes treat God as if He is just like all our earthly, human connections…prone to fail us in some way, forget something important, or steer us in the wrong direction. God is NOT human!
I triple dog dare you to come up with a time when he wasn’t with you, whether you felt Him there with you or not! He promised to never leave us nor forsake us! So, He makes all these promises, and shows up in ways we noticed and tons of times we didn’t, so we would feel free to obey Him. Because we trust Him. I think that’s why the song is titled “Trust and Obey” and not “Obey and Trust”. He knows us. And He knows, if we trust Him, REALLY trust Him, we will do anything and everything for Him. Out of trust, and hopefully also out of love.
Oh, and P.S. Really examine the beautiful words of this great hymn. There are many lessons hidden in there!