Learn Trust by Obeying in Small Ways
By Rick Warren
— March 25, 2011
When we obey God, even in small ways, "we find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. "
(Romans 5:2 MSG)
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6 (NIV)
You learn to trust God by obeying him in small ways.
At this point in relationship with Jesus, you no doubt agree God is the supreme ruler of the universe, powerful enough to overcome any problem or defeat any enemy, that “everything comes from him; everything happens through him; everything ends up in him.” (Romans 11:36 MSG)
And, if this is true, then your struggle to give it all to God is not over the issue of whether or not he’ll be able to fulfill his promises—he clearly can do that.
Perhaps the resistance you and I exhibit when we’re faced with trust is because we wonder if God will do it the way we want it done—“Yes, I believe God can work this out, but I’m not sure he will do my way.”
God patiently understands your hesitancy. He made the first move toward establishing a loving, trusting relationship with you. Think about this -- He didn’t wait until you could be trusted to receive his love, and he doesn’t insist you become trustworthy before he trusts you with precious gifts (Romans 5:6–8).
Even when we were still powerless, Jesus came to guide us home and to give us an exceedinlg, abaundant life on our journey there. “…When we were still powerless …” suggests we now have power to live that abundant life, to follow Jesus into our destiny – and we do! But it is the power of Jesus working in and through us, not a power we earned or developed on our own.
When we obey God, even in small ways, “we find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.” (Romans 5:2 MSG)
This devotional is by Jon Walker, editor of the Daily Hope Devotionals and author of Costly Grace. Rick Warren says Costly Grace “may be one of the most important books published during this time of economic uncertainty and world turmoil.”
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