Trust and Obey

Stephen Arterburn

‘Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.’ Simple words from a simple hymn. Yet these simple words contain profound insight into the essential elements of the Christian life.

Men, trust and obedience are intimate allies in surrendering our lives to God. ‘For it’s God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.’ That’s what the apostle Paul teaches in the book of Philippians. But if we don’t trust that God is lovingly, wisely, and powerfully for us, we won’t be very likely to obey Him, will we?

When it comes to our formal theology, we confess a belief which says that obedience is born out of trust. Yet in our operative theology, that is, how we actually live, too often we’re disobedient in spite of giving lip-service to trust.

So the question remains: can you truly trust your Lord without obeying Him? Listen to Jesus in John chapter 14: ‘If you love me, you will obey what I command’Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me’These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent Me.’

Men, in Luke 11:28 Jesus calls those who hear the word of God and obey it ‘blessed.’ In other words: ‘Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.’

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