Trust And Obey, For There’s No Other Way

How many of you grew up in the church singing, Trust and Obey? This song, along with Amazing Grace, is one of the songs our small church always sang. I was listening to a sermon today that talked about obeying the Lord, and this song popped into my mind.

The chorus of the song is:

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way

To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Well, this sounds pretty cut and dry. To be happy in Jesus, you have to TRUST and OBEY. Not one or the other, but both trust and obey. Do you know how hard this can be?

It is easy to say, “I trust Jesus.” I’ve said this many times and meant it with all my heart. But, the problem can arise because we don’t know the rest of the story. The Lord knows what will happen down the road when He asks something of us, and we have to trust in Him enough to take the first step.

Matthew 4:18-20 NKJV

18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.

Jesus actually told Peter and Andrew what would happen if they obeyed him. He told them to follow Him, and they “immediately” threw down their nets. They didn’t hesitate; they didn’t consult with their family; they threw down their nets. I’m almost willing to bet they didn’t even know what the Lord was talking about when He told them they would become fishers of men.

In the book of Exodus, we read about Moses. The Lord picked Moses to lead His people out of Egypt into the promised land. He appeared to Moses in a burning bush and told him to go to Pharaoh and tell him to let the Egyptians go.

Moses was not like Peter and Andrew, at least not at first. Instead, he tried to squirm his way out of doing what the Lord asked of him. I would call him “ole escuso.” He had an excuse for everything the Lord said, and the Lord was starting to get agitated.

In the end, Moses obeyed and did as the Lord asked. He was probably trembling in his shoes, and if he hadn’t stuttered before, I’m sure he did once been in the presence of Pharaoh.

I want to think I am like Peter and Andrew, but in reality, I would probably be Moses. Moses had a whole lot of “what ifs,” but the Lord still used him. I want you to take a few moments and think about what might have happened if any of these men hadn’t trusted and obeyed.

Their actions affected everyone, including us. Their trust and obedience had a trickle effect on their friends and families, and they eventually trickled down to us.

If their actions affected others, what about our actions? What if we don’t trust the Lord and obey His directions? Whether we do or don’t, our actions will both have a trickle effect, just like Peter, Andrew, and Moses.

To GOD Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

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  1. Roeli Lutz (Canadian) says:

    Tania, I sing that song every day, just to remind me, it’s not about me
    but ALL about Him who is able to do for us, what we can’t do.
    God Bless!

  2. Barbara Solley says:

    Hi Tania, TRUST & OBEY does sound easy to do, but not always in life.Thinking back in my lifetime , I was raised in the Church, said all my prayers,etc. As I was coming up I learned more about trusting in&obeying The Lord. I ‘ve practiced most of my life, but ‘took it back’ by worrying about the issue !where was my trust?Was I truly obeying God? I was diagnosed with Lung Cancer one &a half yrs ago, that opened my eyes &I now truly found the meaning of what Jesus meant!This disease is bigger than me.Not wealthy , ther’ s no going to Europe, etc.for for all the latest treatments & meds & best Doctors chemists.I truly put all my trust in GOD, &”gave this to HIM! No matter the test, Dr visit, the first thing I say “please come in with me,ask your support through this visit, I ask for a good report,thank You Lord,in Jesus Name amen! ❤ All this world has to offer cannot ever do what our Prescious Lord can do!Only He Is the answer to anytrials we go through.Remember “THY WILL BE DONE.

    1. Oh, my goodness. Barbara, I hate that you are going through this. You are right, there are things our of our control, and only the Lord can handle them. He alone knows the number of days we have on this earth, not the doctors, not the disease, only the Lord.

  3. God has really been speaking to me about trusting Him. Thanks for this devotional, Tania. It is something I needed to hear!

  4. Judith K Baker says:

    I often feel as if I can’t do enough, or be enough. – but then I realize as a child of God – that makes “ me “ know that “ I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me “ .
    Philippians 4:13

  5. Your post made me realize I’ve never been good at trusting or obeying but I still have opportunities to practice !!! Thanks for your wise words and the beautiful music…..

  6. Love this message ❤️

  7. Kathy Huff says:

    Thank you for your message. What a wonderful reminder that we have to do both, trust and obey, not either or. So difficult at times to do both.
    Praise God!

  8. Love this song and the special message it has carried over the years! So thankful that you are willing to share from your heart to inspire and encourage your readers! What a blessing you are!!

  9. Lisa Mary Luciano says:

    Easier to sing than to do. But…all by God’s grace who enables. Thank you for your inspiring thoughts!

    1. You are right, it is much easier to sing.

  10. I grew up with that song too, and truly didn’t realize it’s meaning until later. Still true today. Good word, Tania!

  11. Pam Bowling says:

    We sang Trust and Obey this morning in our church service. It is a beautiful song. Great devotion to illustrate the meaning of the song. The work you do with fashion is meaningful, but the devotions and work you do for the Lord is the most important work you’ll ever do. Thank you!

    1. Isn’t that a fun coincidence?!?

  12. Grew up singing Trust and Obey, along with many old hymnal songs Quite a change from now a day. I miss hearing them.

  13. Hi, I received an email last night from Tania notifying me that I had won her weekly giveaway of a $50 Amazon gift card. What a wonderful surprise! Thanks again, Tania!

  14. Diane Southard says:

    I’ve always loved that song!

  15. Kaua Matthews says:

    What a great reminder that we have to do both. Thanks for the convicting message. Be blessed!

  16. Jeri Hoag says:

    Its as simple and as hard to Trust and Obey. I am leaning into Jesus more everyday and I do trust and obey more easily now. Thank you for spreading the truth and light.

  17. Carol Ann C. says:

    Thank you for these encouraging words. It was much needed as I am going through physical pains in my head and ear without much relief. So now I need to keep my eyes on Jesus and off of myself and just trust and obey.

  18. Elizabeth says:

    Tania thanks for the reminder to TRUST & OBEY. I’m thinking I too am more like Moses! Another reason to follow when Jesus says Follow Me.
    I enjoy reading your blog every day! I especially love that you’re not shy about sharing your Christian faith and beliefs! Kudos to you.❤️
    Keep on keep in’ on!

  19. Love that song and the message

  20. In God We Trust is our national motto and is enscripted on most of our US currency. Our forefathers had it right.

  21. I needed to read this today and be reminded of the hymn. Even though it is difficult and I want to try to do things my way, I must trust and obey.

  22. Melody Thomas says:

    Love to hear your heart for truth. God brings these reminders to trust AND obey in the best ways….through social media. I love the platform you use to share and spread your faith. Thank you ma’am.

  23. Ginger Hiller says:

    I appreciate this very thought provoking writing. Yes, I grew up singing that song in church. I know that I need to do better at obeying Him.

  24. Your Sunday morning posts are always the BEST!

  25. You’re spot on again. It is an “and” thing and not just one or the other. Thanks for the reminder and I do love that hymn.

  26. I grew up with this song being sung in my Baptist church. Thanks for bringing this back to mind

  27. Ina Homer says:

    Hello Tania
    Wow! I used to sing that song in Sunday school decades ago. I haven’t thought of that song since I was a little girl. (I’m almost 70!) Thanks for the memory! And the funny thing is, I knew the words. Thank you for another great Sunday post.

    1. That’s me too. I couldn’t sing it with all the words by myself, but when listening to it, I knew them all.

  28. Hazel Hart says:

    Wonderful commentary about trust and obedience. I love the words to that hymn.

  29. Thank you for your posts…. I am adding them to my mornings prayers and readings.

  30. Trust and obey. Thank you, Tania, for this thoughtful reminder and encouragement today. God knows the plans he has for our lives and our choices really do affect those around us. I appreciate your question: “What would have happened if these people had not trusted and obeyed God?”

    Thank you for not only brightening my day but inspiring as well!

    1. Mary Carol says:

      Great message. I am working on the trust and obey every single day.

  31. Love your Sunday posts! Struggling this wk spiritually. I had to make a tough church decision & needed this message.

    1. Good luck, Tabitha. Lean in to God and ask Him to be with you during this hard time.

      1. Thank u! You are right I just need to pray for guidance. Nobody gets me name right! I actually go by Tammy. Thank you for sharing your faith!

  32. Lori Duncan says:

    Trust and Obey! I haven’t heard this song in years but loved hearing it! What a blessing your Sunday posts are to me!

  33. Jeannie Soos says:

    Thank you for your words of wisdom! I enjoy the traditional hymns too! I appreciate your blog and fashion advice!

  34. I found your posts by accident while searching for swimsuits. I am so happy to find someone who gives advise to older women . The fact that you are a Christian lady and share the gospel is wonderful. You are a beautiful lady. Keep the posts coming. May God bless you.

    1. I’m glad you stumbled on my posts, but do you really think it was by accident?

  35. Beautiful reminder to trust and obey. 🩷

  36. Ah, the memories of this song from church and, also, playing it on the piano as a young girl from one of my piano books! Thank you for this word. 💛

  37. Good post. I know I have been like Moses.

  38. I love that on Sundays you faithfully post a devotional. I need to slow down and read them more. Well done❤️❤️❤️ We ALL need to share God’s Word where we are planted🤗❤️

  39. Debbie Maynard says:

    Yes, I grew up singing that sound too. Loved the comments on what you said about it. Yes, I have had a lot of what ifs in my lifetime too.

  40. Diane PATTISON says:

    That precious song, TRUST AND OBEY, brought back so many good memories from my small church so many years ago! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and that song – it was like going to church! YES! To GOD be all glory and praise!!!

  41. Tania, I grew up as well singing Trust and Obey. And I do catch myself singing it every now and then when times are tough and we just need to trust Jesus!
    To God be the glory, Amen!

    1. I think we all have our “go to” songs when we need encouragement.

  42. thank you. have a blessed day

  43. thank you. one of my favorite songs.

  44. Susan Mitchell says:

    Beautiful song! Amen!

  45. Thank you for this message!
    I always look forward to reading Sunday and the verses you share every day! The verses is just a little added ingredient to the clothes 😊

  46. What a beautiful post!! Thank you for sharing!! Have a blessed day!!!

  47. Thank you, Tania. Loved this post today. So true for all of us!

  48. I have always loved following your blog and love your honest reviews. But I have come to love your Sunday post the most -it always hits home to me! Thank you ❤️

  49. Melinda Tarpley says:

    Thank You! Enjoyed your Post!

  50. Such a beautiful song from my childhood. My grandmother hummed or sang it frequently, along with In the Garden. I agree, such beautiful words but at times hard to adhere in daily life. Thankfully, the love and grace of Jesus Christ extends for “those days.” All glory to King Jesus!

  51. I loved your post today! We also grew up in a church that sang “Trust and Obey” and you are right. It’s hard to do both even though we should! Thank you for this post 🙂

  52. Beth Purcell says:

    Thank you so much for the devotion today. It was really just what I needed!
    God Bless!
    Beth Purcell
    Roselle, IL

  53. Thank you for this devotional!! Obedience to Him brings such blessings!

  54. Diane Roelofs says:

    Thanks for sharing that song. Just what I needed!

  55. Phyllis Martin says:

    This is an insightful comparison of our humanity. And in spite of that fact God can still use us.