When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word What a glory He sheds on our way! While we do His good will, He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies, But His smile quickly drives it away; Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh nor a tear, Can abide while we trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, But our toil He doth richly repay; Not a grief nor a loss, not a frown or a cross, But is blest if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love Until all on the altar we lay; For the favour He shows, and the joy He bestows, Are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet, Or we will walk by His side in the way; What He says we will do, where He sends we will go, Never fear, only trust and obey.
John H. Sammis
We read in scripture: “Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You; I will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” — Isaiah 25:1 ESV
God is the One who knows the end from the beginning. He said,
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 22:13)
He is never caught off guard by our circumstances or bewildered by our behaviour. He never feels pressured by the passing of time. God has always been — and will always be — in complete control of His creation.
Isaiah’s acceptance of God’s eternal nature, sovereignty, and faithfulness was evident in the way he prayed. He knew that God had a plan — a faithful and sure one formed long ago. Isaiah knew what Jeremiah knew: God’s plans for us have been prepared in advance (Jeremiah 1:5), and they are plans to prosper us (Jeremiah 29:11).
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
When we understand that God has a plan and that nothing about our existence is haphazard or out of control, it changes the way we pray. And when we understand that we were made on purpose and with a purpose, it changes the way we live. Each of us is intentionally and uniquely handmade by a holy God who has a plan for us.
God has proven time and again that He is able “to rescue the godly from trials” (2 Peter 2:9 ESV). He led His followers out of lions’ dens, fiery furnaces, and prisons because He still had plans for those individuals. If there’s still breath in your body, He isn’t finished with you.
Trust Him to be as He has always been: faithful and sure.
“For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” (Psalm 33:4)