Trust and Obey

There is a hymn that I remember singing in church . . . “Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey.” Seems simple enough, right? Have you ever been a part of a team building exercise and had to do the “trust game”? This is where two people are standing, facing the same direction. The person in front is to fall back into the person’s arms behind her, the “catch” is that the person behind has taken a step or two away from that individual and her “fall” is a bit further down than anticipated. The goal is to teach trust.

I can be honest and say I always take a step back into the person who is supposed to catch me. Many times you don’t know the person very well with whom you are participating in the activity, which in turn makes it difficult to trust her.

When it comes to spiritual principles, we are in a similar boat. We are nervous and anxious about trusting God. I have been there, and there are days on this Christian journey that I find myself “testing” that step of obedience with just a toe, not my whole foot. The enemy, Satan, wants us to focus on all the areas of our lives in which we are not qualified, not capable, not worthy to be used by God.

But I do know what God’s Word, The Bible, says in Romans 8:30–31 30, “And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (NIV). I am confident to share that the “arms” of God are much stronger, reliable, and consistent than anything we could attempt to “trust” here on this earth.

We can fall into His will and calling on our lives. When we daily meet with Him through prayer, Bible study, or worship in song, we deepen our knowledge of Him and our relationship with Him. Then we do have the courage to be obedient to Him. As with anything, the first step is the hardest, scariest, and most challenging. But I want you to know with that first step and the steps after, keep your eyes focused on God; He is right there, ready and waiting.

May you be encouraged as you read:

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:23–24 NIV).

Jenn is a wife and mother of two boys and one girl, she enjoys putting puzzles together with her kiddos, watching reruns of Friends with her hubby, and trying new recipes. She has a passion for encouraging women to live on mission. She also writes of the adventures with her “people” (children), at

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