Trust and Obey

  • Feb. 14, 2014
  • #8295

The more we know God and trust in His grace, the easier it is to face the obstacles He places in our path.

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and welcome to “Joni and Friends” where we sure do love to sing hymns and if you know this old hymn then I invite you to sing along …

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

You know, when I used to ride horses—and I'm talking about years ago—I used to love show jumping an old thoroughbred I had named Augie. I named him after St. Augustine, but I called him Augie for short. Now this horse was not the best-looking animal, but, oh, did he love to jump fences. We would enter a ring and his ears would flick back and forth, anxious to hear my command. I would hold his reins down taut, turn him toward the first fence, and off he would go in a flash, cantering toward that first jump. I had to hold him back so he would pace himself, but then when we were within a few feet of the fence, I would slacken the reins and that was his signal to jump. Augie would fly swiftly over that fence and when we'd land on the other side, I angled his head toward the next jump and the next and the next. I would guide that animal through an incredibly complex maze of fences, and bless that horse’s heart he never balked; he never shied away from a hurdle.

It takes a trusting and an obedient horse to do that. And my horse never questioned the maze of obstacles that was set before him; instead, he trusted me. And his trust in me did not hinge on his approval of those foreboding fences I expected him to hurdle. All that mattered to him was that he knew me. And because he knew me, he trusted me. He trusted his rider, the one who was holding his reins. All that mattered to my horse was that I knew how high those fences were and that I would never ask him to jump something I knew he couldn't handle. My horse was absolute in his trust and instant in his obedience—all because he knew me.

Oh, my goodness, that we humans could be as trusting and as obedient toward God as a horse is toward his master. Isaiah chapter 1, verse 3 says, “The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner's manger, but my people do not understand.” It's so sad that an ox and a donkey and a horse can know and trust the ones who take care of them—their masters—but you and I we doubt the wisdom of the One who is holding the reins of our life, and we question the maze of obstacles, the course of life that He sets before us. Oh sure, it may seem confusing, but He knows. God knows. And He would never place anything before you that He thought you could not handle without His grace. You have to trust Him that the obstacles He places in front of you, you can handle by His grace. So, as this beautiful hymn goes that you just sung, trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus. What's true for horses should be even truer for humans.

© Joni and Friends


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