If you grew up in the church you will recall the hymn “Trust and Obey”. When called to remembrance the chorus will start resonating in your mind. “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
John H. Sammis wrote this hymn is 1887. The hymn was the result of a testimony of a young man attending a Dwight L. Moody meeting. The young man stood up and said he wasn’t quite sure that God would save him from his sins, but that he was going to trust and obey.
Daniel Towner was the song leader for that meeting and was so impressed with the young man’s testimony that he wrote the words “trust and obey” and stuck it in his pocket. Later, he wrote his friend John telling him of the young man’s testimony and how it moved him. Sammis quickly set those words into a hymn chorus. He then produced five stanzas to go with the chorus.
The hymn has touched millions of people all over the world. Yet the young man who gave the testimony probably never knew that his testimony had born fruit. We just never know what God will do with a simple testimony.
Reflect on the words as you read the lyrics, or perhaps you will even find yourself singing. It.
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
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.
These words have been sung for over 100 years. What does it mean to us to Trust and Obey? Obedience is a major theme for the Christian journey.
If we trust, then obeying should be doable. If we obey, we show that we do trust God.
Trusting isn’t always easy because it usually costs us something. Let me spell it out this way. . . obeDIEnce. What does that say? It says we have to die to our will in preference to God’s Will. I think about that young man, who probably had to overcome his own comfort to stand up in honesty and humility not being sure of his salvation, yet said he would just trust and obey. God took his sincerity, and the act of Daniel, who paid attention to those words and sent it to John, who wrote the hymn giving us something to sing. Two men and one unknown young man never having his name record in history, continues to give millions hope that trusting and obeying is the way to live our lives and be happy in Jesus.
The Word of God confirms what happens when we trust and obey.
"For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in you” (Psalm 84:11-12 NKJ)
“Anyone who loves Me will listen to My voice and obey. The Father will love him, and We will draw close to him and make a dwelling place within him.”
(John 14:23 The Voice Bible)
Two other men born within months of each other with a destiny laid out by God Himself actually encountered each other before birth. Mary, carrying the Savior in her womb, went to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was carrying the one who would be the forerunner for the Messiah. When Mary entered the room, Elizabeth’s baby leap in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
John the Baptist had the call of God and obeyed. He could have had a comfortable life of a priest in the temple perhaps even rising to the position of high priest. But he chose the higher calling. He obeyed.
Jesus was His journey of obedience to the will of the Father. He came as one of us to show us the way back to the Father. Let’s not minimize His sacrifice to think He came just because he felt sorry for our situation of living in darkness. He came out of obedience. Remember His prayer in the Garden in agony of the path He was facing. "Not my Will, but yours be done." (Luke 22:42)
There are many more examples of those throughout the Scriptures that chose God’s Will over their own. When you come across them in your Bible reading reflect on what their choice of obedience did for humanity in their time. What will our obedience do? We just never know what even the simplest act of obedience may produce for the Glory of God and the advancement of His Kingdom.
~~~From my to yours~~~~Andrea