In 1887, just following an evangelistic meeting held by Dwight L. Moody, a young man stood to share his story in an after-service testimony meeting. As he was speaking, it became clear to many that he knew little about the Bible or acceptable Christian doctrine. His closing lines, however, spoke volumes to seasoned and new believers alike: I’m not quite sure. But I’m going to trust, and I’m going to obey.
Daniel Towner was so struck by the power of those simple words that he quickly jotted them down, then delivered them to John Sammis, who developed the lyrics to Trust and Obey. Towner composed the music and the song quickly became a favorite. It remains popular with hymn singers today.
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.
Once we see our need for God trusting in Him begins to come easier and easier but obeying, that is a different story. I have been processing my way through Jennie Allen’s study “Anything”. The Holy Spirt has been using Jennie’s words to really mess with me. This last week (week 7 of the study) the subject of trusting God came up over and over.
“God is still not very practical, and to follow Him takes trust. Following Him completely requires belief that he is good even if everything here and now is not, that He sees us and has an intentional plan for our few years here. We trust a spiritual person who leads us to do spiritual things that may not totally make sense.” ~ Jennie Allen, Anything page 166
I said I trusted Him…
- When I was nine and prayed my child like prayer
- When I was so deep in my darkness I could only see a pin dot of light
- When I knelt in my pastors office with no words to offer. Just tears.
- When my mother-in-law passed away
- Each time my daddy was in the hospital
- When I lost my job earlier this year
- When my husband left his job
When all of life’s big event’s happen, I cling to Him and pray prayers of hope. I have to trust Him in those times because there nothing else for me to turn to, right?
At least that is my normal thought process. But what I am coming to realize is that even in the seemingly small-everyday-ordinary life events He is still the only one I can trust in. He is my only hope.
If He is the good father we talked about yesterday and if I can trust Him with all of my life then I should obey Him. Obeying the God we trust come with no eternal risk. Oh there is great risk here in the present to following Him, just read Paul’s life in scripture. A great risk here for a moment equals a greater reward in heaven for eternity.
Do you trust and obey ? Are you ready to risk it all ?