Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Trust and Obey

"By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God." Hebrews 11:8-10

 I'm really loving the OWNit365 One Story Bible reading plan on YouVersion. It is a walk through the Bible and each day there are a couple of corresponding of passages that relate to the part of The Story in the main scripture.

Today I got to Genesis 12. I'm so grateful for the example of Abraham. He went out not knowing where he was going because he trusted and obeyed God. As a result of his obedience all the people on earth have been blessed.

Reading about Abram this morning I thought of the contrast to Adam we read about last night in our catechism book. "God's covenant with Adam required him to trust God's Word enough to obey it. God wanted Adam to trust Him completely. When God told Adam not to eat the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil or he would die, Adam should have trusted God enough to believe and obey Him." As a result of Adam's choice to not trust and obey God all the people on earth have been cursed.

Neither of these men knew nor would they have ever been able to comprehend the broad scope and long lasting implications of their choices. Like them, I have no idea nor can I comprehend the broad scope and long lasting implications of choices that I have made and will make in the future.

How I long to obey God like Abraham did walking into the unknown, obeying each step of the way because the One guiding my steps is trustworthy even if what He asks me to do doesn't make sense to me.  I long to always be "looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God." It reminds me of "Will You Go Out Without Knowing?" by Oswald Chambers that I blogged about last January and the January before. It's January again, at least I'm consistent. I laughed and smiled and cried as I searched "go out without knowing" on my blog. Those posts remind me of God's faithfulness when He has asked me to go out without knowing. I can trust Him completely. You can too.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 blest if we trust and obey.
  4. But we never can prove
      The delights of His love,
    Until all on the altar we lay;
      For the favor He shows,
      And the joy He bestows,
    Are for them who will trust and obey.
  5. 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.
Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/h/582#ixzz2qNyTBEqO

Trust Him. He is trustworthy. Obey Him. He knows best. He promises to bless those who trust Him and obey.

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