31 Days: An Unpopular Truth {Day 5}

 This is day 10 of the Write 31 days October challenge.  I’m using Five Minute Friday‘s one word prompts this year and tying my posts to a hymn of the Christian faith.   For the rest of my posts click on the landing page.   Today’s word is trust

 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.

Not a burden we bear,
not a sorrow we share,
but our toil he doth richly repay;
not a grief or a loss,
not a frown or a cross,
but is blest if we trust and obey.
(Refrain)

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.
(Refrain)

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.
(Refrain)

I can say with good certainty that most people have trust problems.  We learn to pull in and take care of ourselves because we can’t trust others.  We turn away from God because something has happened in our life that devastates us, instead of embracing God, we run away.

I’m a runner.

Trust is hard.  But look at the words in this hymn.  I know obeying isn’t popular in the culture either but they go hand in hand.  When we trust, we will be able to obey.  When we know the sovereignty of God is complete, we can let go of ourselves.  We can let go of our fears, we can let go of our rejection, we can let go of the incidents in our lives that we have blamed him for and embrace him.

It’s not easy.  In fact, while I know this to be true, I have a difficult time trusting him.  I have a difficult time trusting Shane.  I want to run.  I want to escape the pain.  I want to to blame God for my troubles.

But I know that I know the problems are not his doing.  I know that I know that I can trust Him more than I can trust myself.  I know that I’m a very dumb, stupid sheep.  Yeah, I know using the “s” word isn’t popular today, but I don’t care.  I am stupid when it comes to believing that what God says is true.  I’m guessing that you are the same whether you chose to admit it or not.  We somehow think that our tiny life, our tiny existence in this great big world for all of time somehow knows more than the Almighty.

TIME

It’s kind of like my children, especially when they were little.  They’d try to do something that they weren’t big enough handle.  Their attempt failed. Then somehow whatever they did became my fault.  Whaaaat???!!!

But you know, we do the same.  We try to take more than we can handle,  then blame God when it all falls apart when what we need is to open our hands and give it to him.  We need to give him all the worries, all the pain.

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That’s what this hymn says to do isn’t it?  His word gives us all we need for life and godliness.  When we trust him and obey his word we can have that sweet fellowship.  We can live as if there are no worries because the One that holds the world holds us too.

Obedience isn’t always easy but it’s always better that way isn’t it?

I encourage you to meditate on the words of this great hymn of the faith.  That’s what I’m planning to do today.

In His Grace,

Christy

I am sad that we don’t sing hymns anymore in church.  I fear this is just one evidence of our departure from doctrine because so many hymns are replete with great doctrinal truth of Scripture.   My about me page tells you that this blog is a work in progress.  It’s still trying to figure out what it is.  I believe the same can be said for this 31 day series.  My theme seems to be turning to hymns of the faith.  So, I think I’ll try to focus on a hymn each day that relates to the Five Minute Friday prompts.

4 Comments

  • Tara

    10/05/2017 at 9:59 pm Reply

    I’m a runner too!

    • Christy

      10/06/2017 at 11:05 am Reply

      I guess what I should have said is I WANT to run. Over the years God has grown me enough to know that I can’t always do that though 🙂

  • Lesley

    10/05/2017 at 5:00 pm Reply

    I often have a hard time trusting too, but I love how this hymn reminds us of the benefits and why it is important to trust. I like your idea of focussing on different hymns during this series.

    • Christy

      10/06/2017 at 11:07 am Reply

      Thanks Lesley! I’m excited to be getting a focus on this series.

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