Obedience Requires Faith and Trust
"Then He came to the disciples and said to them, 'Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!'"Matthew 26:45-46
By Jesus' statement we can confidently say that He knew what was coming. The time had come. He accepted what He had been called to do and obeyed His Father. Do you wonder how could Jesus be so obedient? It's because He trusted in His Father's will.
Jesus could have had twelve legions of angels come to His rescue, but instead He desired to do His Father’s will above all else. He knew His Father‘s plan involves Him going to the cross to fulfill Scripture (Matt. 26:54). You and I can experience this depth of commitment to obey our Father as well. We must trust in God‘s power and have faith in God‘s plans and His ways. Remember Isaiah 55:8-9, "'For My thoughts are not your thoughts nor are your ways My ways, declares the LORD. 'For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.'"
He does have a plan for us. We must trust and have faith in His plan and believe His ways are better than any way or plan we could ever come up with. Even when we don’t understand or can’t see the entire puzzle of our life in place, we still must trust. Since we can’t even begin to understand or comprehend His plans and His ways, wouldn’t we be better off trusting?
However God doesn’t leave us with our attitude of, "Oh well, I’ll just trust Him because I should." No, God gives us truth straight from His word so that we know that we know that we can and should trust Him.
Lord, give us the strength to trust in You as Your Son Jesus did and have faith in Your work in our life, no matter what the circumstances appear to be. Amen.