There is an old hymn we sang in the past. It goes;
“Trust and obey, For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus. But to trust and obey.”
That song teaches us that, the key to happiness as a Christian, is to be obedient as a Christian. We know that but, we don’t always do it. For that matter, someone is probably struggling now with being obedient to the Lord.
In Jeremiah 42:6, the military leaders approached Jeremiah and asked him to ask the Lord what they should do? Then, they told Jeremiah, “Whether we like it or not, we will obey the Lord our God to whom we are sending you with our plea. For if we obey him, everything will turn out well for us.”
Think about the words, “…whether we like it or not…”
These leaders are saying, “Even if we don’t like what the Lord tells us to do, we will do it.” But, they didn’t do it. Later when Jeremiah told them what God had said, they became angry with Jeremiah.
We may do the same. We go to God and ask Him to give us direction. If God tells us what we want to hear, well, we are good with it. But let’s say He doesn’t. Let’s say God doesn’t tell us what we want to hear. We don’t like that.
Let’s say you have been asked to serve in some capacity. We ask the Lord for guidance. The Lord shows us that we should serve. But, we come up with all kinds of reasons why we can’t.
I look back over the past and there were a couple of times I had opportunities to serve but I didn’t take them because my heart wasn’t right. It’s likely that someone reading this has done the same.
God may be speaking to you about something and you are struggling with it. You are struggling because, if you do what God is calling you to do, you will have to give up something. Maybe you will have to leave your comfort zone.
The old song I mentioned earlier tells us, “to be happy in Jesus…we must trust and obey.” But do we believe that? If we do, we will be obedient to the Lord. It is the best way.