A couple of weeks ago, my pastor posed a challenging question:
Do we TRUST God enough to OBEY Him?
See, God honors our obedience. [See Proverbs 10:2-3]
Shortcuts short change God’s glory AND our good.
What God has in store for us is far greater than anything we think our disobedience will do for us.
When we do what we know He wants us to–even when it’s hard, painful, or seems to make no sense–GOD will honor that choice. [Read Job 36:11, Isaiah 1:19 and the story of Jericho in Joshua 6:1-27.]
Remember what King David wrote in his older age, with the benefit of great experience:
“Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither. Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.”
Charles Spurgeon made a great point about how vital it is to trust in the Lord. He said, “Sight is cross-eyed, and views things only as they seem…faith has clearer optics to behold things as they really are.”
There’s an old hymn that sums it up well:
“Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at his feet,
or we’ll walk by his side in the way;
what he says we will do,
where he sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey.”