Exodus 19:1-8(NASB): In the third month after the sons of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that very day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. When they set out from Rephidim, they came to the wilderness of Sinai and camped in the wilderness; and there Israel camped in front of the mountain. Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob and tell the sons of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.” So Moses came and called the elders of the people, and set before them all these words which the Lord had commanded him. All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do!” And Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord.
Three words have been on my mind this past week: faith, trust, and obedience. As I have been teaching in the book of Exodus, I have spent a lot of time studying and contemplating what these three words really mean for us as believers. For the Israelites, after the Exodus out of Egypt, it was their faith and trust in God to provide for their needs that God was trying to strengthen. God would continually provide and then the people would backslide and they would have to learn all over again that trusting in God to provide was the only way they could survive and move forward. Obedience was something the Israelites constantly struggled with and we are no different today.
God graciously provides for us and then we allow ourselves to give into temptation and we drift away from God for a while. Eventually, we realize that we need God, and often in desperation we turn back to Him. God doesn’t want us to stray, He wants us to stay close to Him so that He can bless us and guide our lives towards obedience and His will for us as believers. Our lives would be truly blessed and so amazing, if we could just maintain our focus on God in total obedience, and not allow ourselves to be derailed by sin and it’s devastating effects.
This world that we live in wants to drag us down into the depths of its sin and its widespread disobedience to God. We are told to be open and accepting of any and every popular worldly idea that is presented. Instead of listening to God and reading His Word daily, we are constantly bombarded with those in our society that demands we listen and adhere to their beliefs and ideas. Just like the Israelites, we are surrounded by a society that is increasingly moving away from God and from Christian principles.
Faith, trust, and obedience to God is the only way that we can live up to God’s high standards for our lives as we live out our days in this fallen world. God desires us to draw close to Him and to listen only to Him. As you tune out the noise and distractions of this world, you will begin to sense God’s presence and that of the Holy Spirit. You will become more aware of God’s love for you and you will have a greater desire to obey God instead of following after the things of this world.
The following are three scripture texts on faith, trust, and obedience, that I hope you will read and contemplate upon in the coming days.
Faith: Hebrews 11:1-3(NIV): Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
Trust: Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV): 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Obedience: Psalm 128:1 (NIV): Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.