Trust and obey
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus
But to trust and obey
I’ve been a Christian for as long as I can remember. I don’t recall a time without church being the center of my life. Church almost every time the doors are open. Volunteering since I was in single digits. Attend every youth outing. Sing on the worship team. Work in the office for no pay. First missions trip on the brink of my teens. Stay away from parties, drinking, drugs, the wrong crowd. Ridiculed in front of my entire senior class because I took a stand for what was right. Lead the youth group when there was no youth pastor.
Within the last few years, I think I’m just learning what it really means to trust and obey. I don’t do it perfectly. I love the saying “imperfect progress” because that’s exactly what it is. I see progress but it’s not 100%. It’s a continual listening. Listening to the Holy Spirit. Being present with Him in every decision. Especially the hard ones. The ones where you are shaking and sweating and your heart is beating fast because you know it’s going to cost you something. You are letting go, giving up, sacrificing…reputation, time, pride, controlling what others say about you, how they will react, what the outcome will be.
Within the last few days, the Lord has reminded me of this set of scriptures in Zechariah 4:6-7 (AMP). The Israelites have returned from exile in Babylon and have set about to rebuild the Temple but they get sidetracked & apathetic & quit trusting & obeying the Holy One, their Rescuer, Restorer, Deliverer.
6 Then he said to me, “This [continuous supply of oil] is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel [prince of Judah], saying, ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of whom the oil is a symbol],’ says the Lord of hosts. 7 ‘What are you, O great mountain [of obstacles]? Before Zerubbabel [who will rebuild the temple] you will become a plain (insignificant)! And he will bring out the capstone [of the new temple] with loud shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’”
How many times do we try to use our might or power or money or position or knowledge to work our way out of a situation, figure out that difficult relationship, make everything work out exactly how we see it, or “handle it”? No trusting & obeying there…except in ourselves & yet clearly, the Lord says, I’m going to put you in a situation where you can’t figure it out, smart it out, manipulate it out, work it out, force it out. You have to trust and obey me. And those obstacles? They will be insignificant when you allow my Spirit to work it out. And when the thing is done, everyone will know that it was ME, GOD, the Lord of Hosts, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Trust & obey, I AM, in MY time, by MY Spirit, trust & obey.