Wednesday, 7 July 2021
Title: Trust and Obey
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” – Matthew 8:9
It is very common for us to exercise submission and obey our superior at the work place. Like the soldier under the centurion, he has to submit and obey his commander. However, very often when the words of God speak to us or bring conviction to our heart, or God speaks to us with a still small voice, we have the tendency to ignore or choose not to submit and obey. Our human nature usually persuades us to ask lots of questions instead of choosing just to trust Him. “How does this situation come about?”, “Is God really telling me to do this?” (when we know it is from Him), “It is too hard for me!”, “What will people be thinking?” Rather than operating with simple faith in trust and obedience, we allow ourselves to over analyse the potential consequences of our decision. This is obviously not the way God intends us to handle things, since he commands us not to worry or be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6) but to put our trust in Him. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8
Sometimes when questions like these cross my mind, the Holy Spirit gently calms my thoughts and fears by speaking these three words into my spirit, “Trust and Obey”. This is His gentle reminder to me that the God of the Universe, who placed the stars in the sky, is capable of handling all things, and in control of all things.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you that you have an incredible plan for my life and for your wonderful words to guide my path. I want to say sorry for the times I did not submit, obey, and trust you with what you want to do in my life. O God, please help me to trust you with all my heart, and not to lean on my own understanding. O God, I ask you now to empower me by your Holy Spirit to help me to obey and to do what you ask of me, step by step. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.
我们在工作场所听命并服从上级是很常见的，就像百夫长手下的士兵一样，他必须服从他的指挥官。然而，很多时候，当上帝的话语向我们说话时、或使我们的心信服，或者当上帝用微小的声音对我们说话时，我们往往会漠视或选择不顺服。我们的人性通常会说服我们问很多问题，而不是选择仅仅相信祂。“这种情况是怎么发生的？”、 “上帝真的要我这么做吗？”（虽然知道是从祂而来的）、“这对我实在是太难了！”、“人们会怎么想？” 我们允许自己过度分析我们的决定引致的潜在后果，而不是带着信靠和顺服的简单信念行事。这显然不是上帝要我们处理事情的方式，因为祂吩咐我们不要为任何事情担心或挂虑(腓立比书4:6)，而是要我们信靠祂。“倚靠耶和华、以耶和华为可靠的，那人有福了。他必像树栽于水旁，在河边扎根，炎热来到，并不惧怕，叶子仍必青翠，在干旱之年毫无挂虑，而且结果不止。” — 耶利米书17:7-8