obedience through trust

One beautiful Monday.

This Advent season, I have been stopping to wonder about Joseph often in my devotional time. Time and time again I come back because here it is, portrayed in Joseph what the Lord has been asking of me lately — obedience through trust. Though we have never faced a situation like Joseph’s, the call to obey the Lord when nothing makes sense, is a familiar one to many of us.

“Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:19-20)

Maybe you are there right now. In the midst of a storm that does not seem to be calming down. In a season of waiting and afraid to hold on to hope of better things to come. Hearing the call to do something and when nothing works out, wondering if you were hearing the Lord in the first place. Waiting to hear from the Lord, anything at all, because you feel so lost and confused. Waiting — for a spouse, for a child, for your family member to come to the Lord, for a job, for a miracle.

They are there, the questions that fill all the empty space and confused corners. Are You there, Lord? If You are, how can this be? What am I supposed to do? Will this ever change? How long, how far to go, Lord? And the answer, the one we are sure to get?

“Trust Me.”

“Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.” (Matthew 1:24-25)

Joseph did not know everything. There must have been a lot of confusion, many troubling question and this deep, aching pain of knowing his wife was pregnant. But when Joseph heard from the Lord, through the angel’s visitation? He obeyed. Without doubt or wavering, he obeyed.

There will be these moments for us as well — these moments of confusion, of doubt, of feeling lost and not sure which way to go. We can never see the whole picture; but the comforting truth is that God does. Everything happens in His timing, and so we are only called to obedience through trust. Trusting that He wants only the best for us, and trusting that what He has for us is the best. There is a set timing for everything — His perfect timing, and so we can stop worrying and striving to make things happen.

So look to Him. Feel His gentle touch on your aching heart, feel His loving prompting to obey what He calls you to do and trust that He is in control, that He is working behind the scenes on your behalf. He sees you, and He knows where you are going. He is with you.

Linking up: Coffee and Conversation, Everyday Jesus, Coffee for Your Heart, Thriving Thursday, Hearts for Home

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10 thoughts on “obedience through trust

  1. Yes, yes, YES, Ronja! “Trust” was my One Word in 2012 and it has become a foundation for my ever-developing relationship with God. We are still weather this storm and some days, when the pressure to be my own Savior mounts, I remember that He can and should be trusted.

    He’s got this. Always. Thanks for the reminder, dear friend!

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    1. Ronja

      You are so right, Sharita! This year has been a difficult and challenging one for me and through it all, the Lord has been calling me to trust Him. He is in control and everything will happen in His timing — therefore I need not worry or fear. What a comfort that is! Thanks for stopping by, Sharita! Blessings!

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  2. Ronja,
    What beautiful words you have written! Not knowing if we’ve even heard from God and wondering what to do next — you have articulated these painful moments with such loveliness and then pointed us back to him, no matter how difficult it is to sense his presence. Thank you for these words and I’m wishing you a beautiful holiday, friend!

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  3. What a great reminder to listen to the gentle prompting in our hearts and to step out in faith even when we don’t hear Him. “He sees you, and He knows where you are going. He is with you.” Yes! Yes! Yes!

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    1. Ronja

      Nicki, trusting the Lord can be so difficult when we can’t hear Him or see Him working in and around us. But we will always be blessed when we obey the Lord. Oh, what an amazing grace that is! He is so good to us. :)

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  4. After reading your words that are near and dear to my heart, all I can think of is the simple song, ‘trust and obey for there is no other way..” but we must we willing to cultivate a hearing heart so we recognize the sound of the Lord as He walks and talks with us. We trust and rest in the finished work of the Cross!

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