Many times the simplest things in life are the hardest to do.
We often times try to make the Christian life much more difficult than it really should be. There are those who try to philosophize everything, and those who try to find “hidden meaning” in the Bible. However, the words taken from the hymn summarize it quite plainly:
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
Trust God for every detail of your life, and obey His commandments.
Should be plain and simple, right?
But yet how difficult we find it to do.
A television program preceding the 1988 Winter Olympics featured blind skiers being trained for slalom skiing, impossible as that sounds. Paired with sighted skiers, the blind skiers were taught on the flats how to make right and left turns. When that was mastered, they were taken to the slalom slope, where their sighted partners skied beside them shouting, “Left!” and “Right!” As they obeyed the commands, they were able to negotiate the course and cross the finish line, depending solely on the sighted skiers’ word. It was either complete trust or catastrophe.
The same is true in our life as a Christian. God has already mapped out our life, He knows what is right and what is best. If we simply trust Him and Obey Him, we’ll find happiness and joy beyond our dreams. However, when we decide that we know better than God, we’re headed for certain catastrophe.
A young son of a missionary couple in Zaire was playing in the yard. Suddenly the voice of the boy’s father rang out from the porch, “Philip, obey me instantly! Drop to your stomach!” Immediately the youngster did as his father commanded. “Now crawl toward me as fast as you can!” The boy obeyed. Soon the father called, “Okay, stand up and run to me!” Philip responded unquestioningly and ran to his father’s arms.
As the boy turned to look at the tree by which he had been playing, he saw a large deadly snake hanging from one of the branches just above where he had been playing! At the first command of his father, Philip could have hesitated and asked, “Why do you want me to do that?” Or he could have casually replied, “In a minute. I’m busy playing” But his instant obedience without questioning saved his life!
That’s the same way we should obey God’s commandments.
No – we Don’t know better than God, and No – our excuse for not obeying Him isn’t good enough, and No – waiting until later in life to obey Him isn’t a good plan.
If you want to be happy – Simply Trust and Obey!
If you want to make something of your life – Simply Trust and Obey!
If you want to know God – Simply Trust and Obey!
Trust Him when dark doubts assail thee,
Trust Him when thy strength is small,
Trust Him when to simply trust Him
Seems the hardest thing of all.
Trust Him, He is ever faithful,
Trust Him, for his will is best,
Trust Him, for the heart of Jesus
Is the only place of rest.
No matter how difficult it may seem, no matter what we have to give up, no matter what it “costs” us – Trust and Obey!
I want to know God! I want my biggest desire in life to be to daily increase my personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s a struggle sometimes to keep myself focused on Him. But each day I spend focused on Him – I find to be the best days. The days where I give up and say; “It’s too much trouble. I don’t like the way things are going. I want to do what I want.” are the days I wish I could re-live and do over.
Please, I beg you – give God all of your life. Trust Him completely. Do what HE wants you to do! Trust and Obey!