Monday, July 30, 2012

Trust and Obey

There are times when certain words play over and over in my mind. 

Sometimes they are words of Scripture.  Sometimes they are songs.

Sometimes they stay for a few minutes or hours.  Sometimes they stay for days.

This week, I’ve had the chorus of a hymn in my mind for days:
“Trust and obey, yeah, we’ll finally surrender it all, all, all." 

The words of this updated chorus have stuck with me as a prayer I've been lifting up.  They have stayed with me as a conversation I've been having with God, as something I am telling Him I want to be true in my life.  They have also stayed with me as a reminder of how I want to be living.

Trust.  Obey.  Surrender. 

These are characteristics of a life of discipleship.

Simple to say.  So much more difficult to live.

In trust, I find that I must take God at His word. 

In obedience, I find that I must let go of what I think is best or what I want to do.

To trust and obey well, I must surrender—my fears and wants.  I must believe that God is good and He is working for my good in what He calls me to do.

This is the lifelong challenge that we respond to one day at a time with our lives. 

“Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”  Luke 11:28

So this week…

May your desire be to trust and obey and surrender it all.

May you spend time in His presence, learning that he is, indeed trustworthy.

May you experience His faithfulness.

May you hear God’s word in Scripture and seek to live it out obediently.

May you find that in His presence His wants become your wants.

May you trust Him to walk with you through fear.

May you find that He blesses you as you live surrendered in trust and obedience.

"Those who know your name trust in you, for you Lord have never forsaken those who seek you." 
Psalm 9:10


Grace and peace be ours in abundance as we trust and obey and surrender it all to Jesus.   May we find that life is abundantly full of the best He has to offer.

Jessica :)

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