Thursday, March 6, 2008


Trust and Obey...Faith and Works...Rest and Tremble... Heads and Tails...All of these are two sides of the same coin(s). I could add more: Faith and Repentance (necessary for salvation)...Rebuke and Encourage... Can you see it?

God wants us to walk in the balance. To avoid extremes. I find it hard to do. It is like walking on a tightrope sometimes, you must be attentive. Scripture calls us to "pay more careful attention to what we have heard..." Hebrews 2:1; "Be alert, and always keep on praying for the saints." Ephesians 6:18; "Watch and pray" Matthew 26:41

I woke up one day, and the Lord was speaking to me about this. I was thinking about the fact that we are sudposed to "work out our salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in us to will and act according to His good purpose." Phillipians 2 :12,13 Noah came to mind. He was building the ark as the Lord had instructed him to. He was putting action to his faith. He trusted the Lord knew what he was talking about (faith) and put his hand to the saw and hammer for about an hundred years (work). He was instrumental in the working out of his salvation. It was God who enabled him to do it. God sent the animals, God gave Noah skills and materials, God closed Noah in the ark after all was completed.

It is the same with us. We have to pursue our salvation by meeting with God daily(prayer and study), taking up our cross daily (dying to self), cleansing daily (confession) and daily obedience (doing the works He prepared ahead of time for us to do). Oh, it takes work! But in our work we rest in Him knowing it is His work. Can we figure this out? Can we ever really "get it"? But by faith and by the grace of God.

Trust and obey, for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.

1 comment:

A Stone Gatherer said...

Such encouraging words! Thank you!