A four year old taught me an important lesson on my relationship with God today. We were acting out the account of Noah and the ark by doing wild animal noises and rain drop finger movements like all the kids love. Then at the end our great Preschool director was leading the kids through a fun little song about Noah’s ark. The song says, “Noah obeyed!”
She paused and asked the kids if they knew what the word meant. One of my little friends, who is four years old, said, “It means that you really TRUST the person.”
I never thought of it that way before! Obedience happens because we TRUST the person who is asking us to do a specific task. My kids will obey me if they trust me. A basketball player will listen to her coach if she trusts that he knows the game. A soldier will go into heavy combat when he trusts his commander. Most importantly, we obey God when we have our trust in Him.
That means those times when I don’t obey happen in part because I don’t trust God. I don’t give generously as I should because I don’t trust that He will provide like He promises. I don’t share His Word boldly because I don’t trust it to work. I don’t pray because I don’t trust Him to hear and answer.
Obedience flows from a deep seated trust in the One who directs us. The question isn’t really about me and my ability to obey, but about God and the level of trust that He deserves. Which accounts in the Scriptures prove to you that God is worthy of TRUST? In the comments section below note an account, and even the chapter and verse if you have it. I’ll try to write some more thoughts on TRUST this week…Here’s a verse to start with:
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.”
Wow, that sounds a lot like the message I learned today: Obedience happens when we Trust God…today I learned that from a 4 year old!