Tuesday, March 23, 2010

trust and obey

'trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus,  but to trust and obey'
hymn from 1887
i've been studying the life of David for the past 6 weeks through a study by Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore and Kay Arthur.   what i've learned...and will keep on learning... is why i LOVE the WORD!!  the fact that new truths in the Bible can come to light and breathe new life into old hearts never ceases to amaze me.  The Word is truly living and active... (Hebrews 4:12).
the core lesson i believe God wants to get across to me through this study is one of obedience.  as a parent....i know what it means to have your child (your treasure, your baby, your precious little thing) obey.  i know the joy that comes with that.  and i also know what it feels like when that same precious one disobeys.  i know for me the range of emotions have gone from anger to disappoint to failure to frustration.  it hurts. to think that your kid, this one that you've literally spilled blood for, poured out sweat because of, shed tears over,  doesn't trust you enough to do exactly what you said, when you said it.  So you can imagine, when talking and learning about obedience in the life of David, and realizing that God was speaking to me as a child that had disobeyed.... oh my.
some time ago, on a vacation i think it was, i remember having a sweet time alone with the Lord.  i remember being so filled with joy at the time.  i wrote a prayer to him in my journal and i said: ..."you've done so much for me, what can i do for you...".  and i heard him say, in my heart although it seemed so clear and so loud, 'obey me'.  1 John 5:3 says..'this is love for God: to obey his commands.  and his commands are not burdensome.'   God is not asking for slave-labor level of difficulty here.  is that what you ask of your children?  NO!  he simply wants us to trust him and let him lead, instead of acting like rebellious and unruly disobedient children.
David paid some very heavy consequences for his sin.  much pain and grief could've been avoided had he simply obeyed.  you see, God is merciful, but he is also just.  he will honor our decisions, but we have to know that there are consequences to the decisions we make.
so what area of your life do you need to trust the Lord in?  is there a situation, a circumstance, perhaps a foothold, you need to release? a spot of trouble you've gotten yourself into because of disobedience?  oh my friend... please know that God sees you as that precious one!  that treasure!  his own.... you can trust him.

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