Trust and Obey

I closed 2013 by preaching a message to challenge the Woodside family with two words for 2014. Those two words are Trust and Obey, taken form Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in The Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” We all want the result of verse six, even claiming it as a promise. We want a successful, prosperous and happy new year. And yet our part is to trust and obey.

To trust means that we put our full weight down and yield completely to God. God is the only one worthy of this unquestioning trust. God is from everlasting to everlasting. He was here before the mountains and therefore a very worthy and objective source of reference. So we seek him for his wisdom, counsel, direction and protection. God knows us better than we know ourselves. He created us, formed us, redeemed us and calls us by name. He loves us beyond measure and he wants his best for us.

The sages of Proverbs caution us not to lean on our own understanding. This is so easy to do. While we are expected to think and evaluate, our experience and reasoning should never be substitutes for trusting God.

Acknowledging him in all our ways demands complete obedience in every area of life. This means that we must know God’s word and obey it completely – no exceptions. Our relationships, our finances, our future, our plans, our vocabulary – everything falls under the authority of God’s Word.

I want God to make straight my paths. No matter the obstacles or hindrances, he goes before me on the pathway. While I want the blessing of God in my life, why would he want to bless me or anyone who does not trust him or obey him? I need to trust The Lord enough to obey him even when I do not understand, even when it does not make sense, and even when I don’t think it is going to work in the short term.

I related life with Christ to riding a tandem bicycle. Too often we want to sit in the front seat where we control the speed and direction. We think we know best and we are comfortable to know that Christ is with us. But to change seats with him changes everything. We are ready to trust and obey in all things. Tim Hansel writes that our ride can be prosperous, adventuresome and exciting. He can take us places where we never would have or could have gone.

I pray for each of you reading this that as you trust and obey in 2014, God would give you the ride of your life.