TRUST AND OBEY
Text: Deut. 6:3fll
Our theme this Sunday has already been encapsulated in the old gospel song which we all love to sing: “Trust and Obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey”. This hymn explains to us that there are rewards for us when we trust and obey God; that we can never prove the delights of God’s love, the favour He shows and the joy He bestows until we trust and Obey.
Deuteronomy chapter six is a call and a reminder to the Israelites of their covenantal responsibilities and to show her that her prosperity as a nation depends on her faithfulness to the commandments, statutes, and ordinances of God. It was important for them not to forget this responsibility because it is through their trust in God and obedience to his laws that their days would be prolonged and multiply. Israelite was to first trust God, just like Abraham their father who first trusted God when God called him to leave his father’s land, and set out to Canaan (Genesis 12) Abraham first trusted God before he took the step of faith in obedience to God’s Commandment.
Like the Israelites of old, we Christians who are the new Israel are expected to trust God and obey Him. Our peace, progress and prosperity depend on our faithfulness to our covenant responsibilities, as well as our trust in God. Most often we find it uneasy to trust and difficult to obey, we love to live in our own ways and not in the ways of God. We often place rationalism above the word of God. To trust God is to believe in who He is and what He says (promises), it is to have confidence in him or assurance that leads to action. It is not to lean on our own understanding but on him who is guiding and leading us.
To Obey God is to submit ourselves under the authority and command of God, it is to hear God’s word and act accordingly. We cannot obey God unless we first trust Him; our trust must be exhibited in our obedience. Obedience is important to God than sacrifices; in another sense obedience is the greatest act of worship.
Jesus taught us in Matthew 22:37-40 that the best way to live in obedience to God is to live in love, to love God and our neighbours because this is the greatest commandment from God. To trust and obey God is our expression of love and response to His love for us; he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
Beloved, if you want to measure your love for God and your trust in Him with the level of your obedience, read the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew Chapter five to Seven and apply it to your life. Whichever area you are found wanting, pray for grace and determine to trust and obey. No other way to be happy in Jesus and no other way to make heaven than to Trust and Obey.
Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D