Have you ever been in a place, as a Christian, where it has been difficult to trust and obey God? When we accept Jesus Christ to be our Lord and savior, we hand over the driver’s seat of our lives to Him. The Bible becomes our guide because it is one of the ways that God speaks to us. It contains instructions on how we ought to live our lives as children of God. We need to trust God and obey His teachings if we want to be happy in Jesus Christ.
That said, is it always easy to trust and obey God? No, it isn’t—at least for me. For example, I know that God wants me to forgive those who hurt me. But, even when I think I have forgiven them, I find that I have not forgotten in some cases. Given a chance, I would remind the person of how they hurt me.
Even if I don’t bring it up, it remains somewhere in my head. But, by God’s grace, I am now learning to forgive and forget. And to trust that vengeance comes from the Lord.
You may not be struggling with unforgiveness, but something else that feels so heavy on you. At times you may feel like God has forsaken you and is looking the other way. Well, you are not alone. Our Lord Jesus Christ experienced the same when He was on earth as a human being. While on the cross, He cried out saying, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” (Mark 15:34)
We know in Jesus’ case that it was God’s will for Him to die for our sins. Similarly, God knows what you are going through. He is in the situation with you because He has said that He will never leave you or forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5).
God, therefore, expects His children to trust Him and obey His instructions even when it is so difficult to do so. It is always for our good, and that is the only way we can be happy in Jesus. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Reasons why you should trust and obey God
Sometimes it may be challenging to trust and obey God because the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Nevertheless, here are some reasons to motivate you to do so. In addition, you may want to pray for the Holy Spirit to help you overcome the weak flesh.
We, therefore, should trust God because of the following reasons:
- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrew 13:8) If He saw you through a difficult situation in the past, He will do so again because He does not change. He is always faithful.
- Nothing is too difficult for God. (Luke 1:37) Your painful experience may seem like a mountain to you, but God can manage it because all things are possible with Him. Just turn to God in prayer, and He will help you.
- We don’t know everything. The Bible tells us to trust in the LORD and lean not on our understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path. (Proverbs 3:5-6) God is the only one who declares the end from the beginning. He is the only one you can trust and obey because He is all-knowing.
- “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12) The action you intend to take may seem right to you and politically correct by world standards but may lead to destruction. Trusting God and obeying Him comes in here to save you from doing what seems right to you yet is not.
- God is your keeper, and He does not sleep or slumber. (Psalm 121)
- Our God will bless you because the Bible says that blessed are all that put their trust in Him (Psalm 2:12)
- “The LORD redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.” (Psalm 34:22)
- God brings that which you are trusting Him for to pass when you trust and obey Him. (Psalm 37:5)
- God will help, deliver and save those who trust in Him. (Psalm 37:40) He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him (Proverbs 30:5)
- When you trust God, He becomes your strength. The Bible says, “Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.” Isaiah 26:4
- The Bible also says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
- Every experience you overcome due to your trusting and obeying God makes you stronger in your faith in God. Your expertise can help you to encourage yourself and others. Besides, when you trust and obey God, you become happy in Jesus.
How to trust and obey God
- Study the Bible to know what you need to obey. Also, find scriptures that you can use to encourage yourself to trust in God.
- In case of a particular situation, find out what the Bible says about that situation and how you can go about it.
- Apply the instructions from the Bible however hard you find them to be.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the strength to trust and obey God completely. Some people trust God with one foot while the other is on their backup plan, just in case God fails them. But we know that God never fails! For this one to work, you will need to put all your trust in God. Depend on God rather than on what you can do. The Bible says, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” So be sure to trust in God alone.
- Do not be anxious about anything but pray with thanksgiving to God.
- Remember a situation in the past where God came through for you. He will do it again because He is always faithful. Begin to keep a journal of things that God has helped you overcome. It gives you a starting point for when you need to trust Him in a challenging situation.
- Encourage yourself that weeping may endure for the night, but joy will come in the morning. (Psalm 30:5) All you need to do is wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. (Psalm 27:14)
Trust and obey God, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus. It will not always be easy, but my friend, it is worth it. If you have not yet accepted Jesus as your Lord and savior, check HERE for how you can do that and begin enjoying life in Jesus.
Please share this wonderful secret to the best life in Jesus with others for them to get to trust and obey God as well.