Matthew 7:24 “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:”
Often, solutions to a problem are best solved when broken down into understandable pieces. Then, when we can view it all in the right perspective, the solution begins to fall into place. Problems arise when we apply our own set of principles to govern our thinking instead of proper ones.
As God’s child, I am given so much by my Heavenly Father for how to live my life. I have commands, promises, principles and judgments. God often draws a thick, black line to help me understand the weight of the decision I may face. He gives us guiding principles by which we live. He provides promises to offer hope, comfort and security.
John H. Sammis wrote this hymn that embodies what I believe is the key to the Christian life:
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.
It is in the third verse that we learn the truth:
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.
Sin complicates everything it touches – it’s true. Often, we see the the way out is to choose the path of least resistance, the path of least consequence or the path God designed for us to go. In our faith-based addiction program RU Recovery, we have a principle we teach:
“We lose our freedom to choose when we give in to temptation. The consequences of our sin are, inevitable, incalculable and up to God” Proverbs 9:17-18, Isaiah 55:7
The simple remedy is to Trust and Obey.
To trust God maybe there are some principles that will help:
God is good – all the time
God always has your best interest in mind.
God has a plan specific for your life
God will never leave me nor forsake me
I am His child – I am loved, accepted, secure, empowered, protected and given all the provision I need to survive this life.
It is in our human nature to control our world around us. We want to sin, but not so bad that we go overboard. We want to do good, but not so good that we lose who we are in the process. In all this, we want to be the one who decides – not God.
Our Heavenly Father did give us a free will. A will to choose. Right, wrong. Left, right. Up, down.
My choice to ‘trust and obey’ is a decision made from the realization that I am His child. My actions reflect on Him as well as me. If you look at the price paid for us to become a child of God, how can you NOT submit to His will for your life?
I owe a great debt to Jesus Christ; who took upon Himself the punishment and payment for my sin. He took MY place.
The Word of God is clear – I am deserving of damnation in a Christless, eternal Hell.
I say today, that the way is simple – not easy, but simple.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.