Obedience or Trust?

Here is another difficult concept to grasp. Trusting God is as important as obeying God.  Trusting God to provide for our needs is as important as obeying His commands?

… it often seems more difficult to trust God than to obey Him.

Yet it is just as important to trust God as it is to obey Him. When we disobey God we defy His authority and despise His holiness. But when we fail to trust God we doubt His sovereignty and question His goodness.

God views our distrust of Him as seriously as He views our disobedience.

“When the LORD heard them, he was very angry … for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance” (Psalm 78:19-22).

Psalms 78:19-22 (ESV)

19 They spoke against God, saying, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?
20 He struck the rock so that water gushed out and streams overflowed. Can he also give bread or provide meat for his people?”
21 Therefore, when the Lord heard, he was full of wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob; his anger rose against Israel,
22 because they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power.

Quotes from Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts –  Jerry Bridges



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5 thoughts on “Obedience or Trust?

  1. So very true. I also believe that we are commanded to trust Him. So not trusting Him is not obeying Him as well. I heard a saying once that said, “Worry is a form of atheism”. We are constantly confronted with our own lack of faith, but at least we can say, “We aren’t where we want to be, but thank God, we are not where we used to be.”

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    Paul,

    True we are commanded to trust the Lord. However, most people tend to limit that to salvation and other “big” issues. It is alot harder to trust the Lord in the seemingly little things like food and housing. Those we tend worry over despite the parables Jesus told about the sparrows and the lilies. (Matthew 10:29-31, Matthew 6:25-34) Thankfully we do grow in faith and in trusting the Lord albeit slowly at times.

    Berean Wife

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    Paul Reply:

    You’re right. It is easier, it seems to trust God to heal cancer and fix marriages and such, but it seems we tend to think (not out loud of course), that our bills are too big for Him. We need to understand that God holds the purse strings of our lives and dishes out as HE sees fit. If that means we go without for a time, then that’s His will. But everything He decides for us is for our betterment. Bless you sister!

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    Paul,

    I think the problem is the “big” things we know are out of our control. However, we deceive ourselves into thinking that we have control over the small things. We think that if we do everything “right” and to the best of our ability then we will have a job and be able to pay our bills. Now granted they are dependent on our actions, because being irresponsible will not keep your job. Nevertheless, you could do everything “right” and be the best, most contentious employee and still find that the Lord wills for you to go through a season of lack. But all for the good of those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

    Berean Wife

  2. And yet again, we as humans, categorize our problems into big, small and in between. If we learn to see our lives, problems and needs through God’s eyes, then it definitely puts perspective on things. Our “big” problems cease to become big anymore, and our small problems are just, well, small. It’s like a child trying to see what’s on the kitchen counter and because he’s so small, the idea of getting up there to see, seems impossible. Then Daddy comes along and picks him up in his arms and shows him a new perspective. This time not from the ground but from the sky, as it were. The prospect of the insurmountable climb doesn’t have the same effect anymore. When we start seeing our problems through God’s eyes, they cease to become problems and quickly become opportunities to trust God and to see His power and provision.

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