This journey I’m on is becoming clearly one focused on obedience. Somehow I’m being awakened to the reality that obedience is much easier when we know the reasons why we are doing so. When man gives us something to do it is not a problem to do it when we know why we are doing it and we align with the why. The “whys” of obedience to God’s leadership in our lives is not always known. The spiritual reasons for our obedience require our trust in God. With man we want why. With God He wants trust. As I put these side by side I can easily begin to see why superficially I question God’s nudges. I don’t see a reason for the nudge. Sometimes what I envision looks like confrontation or at least confusion. Yet, each time I follow God’s nudge I see otherwise. God doesn’t share His whys with us all of the time. He asks us to trust Him and then to obey Him.
There is an old hymn titled: “Trust & Obey”. The first stanza goes: “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”. Then the chorus: “Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey”. I particularly like the 4th stanza. It goes, “But we never can prove the delights of His love until all on the alter we lay. For the favor He shows and the joy He bestows are for them who will trust and obey”.
There are things to put on the alter which God has pointed out to me. They are things like confusing memories of abuse which I hide. God is telling me to give them to Him. He doesn’t want me hiding anything. Instead He wants to cleanse everything. I hadn’t even realized this practice until of late. I had one of these dreams haunting me this morning bringing back ugly memories. I gave it to God out of obedience and write it here. Now I trust Him with the rest. God is so GOOD!