Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bread for the Journey

I’m a Great Aunt, (pronounced “ont”). When my grand nephew was 2 years old he announced to his mother, “I don’t want to obey!” I love his immature honesty. I don’t want to obey either but I’d never say it outright. I’m passive aggresive in my disobedience. When God reveals an area of my life that needs a change I really test Him. Is that really what you want me to do? Is that really your voice? Like, right now? How about next week? Can we go slowly in that direction? Sometimes I can ignore Him completely.

There are times when obedience does come more easily. What sweet times those are. I want to be a more trusting child and say yes quicker to whatever God wants from me. I want to be in His word more so that I know what he requires of me in this relationship with Him.

Deut. 30:11-14-16; (ESV)

“For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.

“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it.”

I’m remembering the song we used to sing in Sunday School, Trust and Obey. Simple but true.

Trust and Obey

(text: John H. Sammis, 1846-1919)

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

(refrain)

Trust and obey
For there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus
But to trust and obey.

vs. 4

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.”

12 comments:

  1. I like how you said that in the first paragraph. So so true. Learning to trust him unquestioningly, to surrender as soon as we hear the whisper of His Spirit, is such a difficult process because of our independent er...passive aggressive... tendencies. We have much to learn from that young un'...and it reminds me also of the Psalmist's 'realness'.

    Thanks once again for this 'bread'. Great Sunday a.m. breakfast.

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  2. Ellen, how true... we smile at children's immaturity but only because we know we are hiding the same feelings in our own heart. Often maturity only teaches us what to 'hide' ....
    Great devotional, Ellen, thank you!
    I love the song 'Trust and Obey' ......

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  3. Ellen ..I can so relate to this post. I can think of specific times in my life where I fought with my consience about whether it was important to be obedient to God's word. On each time . ..once I caved and obeyed . ..I wept with relief. It truly is best to trust and obey.
    Thank you for this . .I needed it yet again.

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  4. Trust and Obey. My theme song for the last couple of years. I finally came to the end of my personal opinions on what best to do and the end of my skills set I dependend on. The only way was to look up and give it up to Him. Still paying a few consequences for striking out on my own, but He has been Faithful and Just and has blessed me beyond measure. Hopefully, this is a long-term lesson learned!

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  5. Trust and obey..sometimes I have such a hard time with that.
    Thanks Ellen for the reminder to surrender to Him.

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  6. Loved the photo of your little grand nephew. trust and obey...a lesson we learn at any age.

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  7. We can be so silly when we resist...sometimes even remembering the past and how obedience brought peace and many good things...yet still we can think too much on our own. Choosing to set my gaze on Him...trusting because He is Love.

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  8. trust & obey...such a simple saying, but oh so hard sometimes....
    this is one of my favorite hymns of all time...thank you for the reminder this cold & snowy Monday morning...

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  9. Funny how that song kept coming back to me.

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  10. Ellen ..I can so relate to this post. I can think of specific times in my life where I fought with my consience about whether it was important to be obedient to God's word. On each time . ..once I caved and obeyed . ..I wept with relief. It truly is best to trust and obey.

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  11. I really like & appreciate that you express your beliefs in a way that's so conversational and thought-provoking. It makes me stop and think a bit about what you said. I'm not an overtly religious person (I think there's a higher power but I don't believe any one organized religion has a "corner on the market" so to speak) but I enjoy hearing what others believe and thinking about how it relates to my life.

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  12. surrender as soon as we hear the whisper of His Spirit, is such a difficult process because of our independent er...passive aggressive... tendencies. We have much to learn from that young un'...and it reminds me also of the Psalmist's 'realness'.

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