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The Obedience of Faith

Trust and Obey

Trust and Obey. The words to this hymn come to me easily. Throughout my childhood we sang it at church. There is a blessing in memorizing Bible verses and singing hymns as a child. The words reside in memory.

The first verse about trust that I think of is Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Last night I spent some time looking at the word, trust, in the Bible. It occurs frequently in the Old Testament of the Bible. The Hebrew word(s) give the meaning of having confidence or finding refuge.

This word hardly appears in the New Testament. Instead, faith appears frequently. Faith is defined as belief, assurance. Because Christ has come, paid for our sins on the cross and risen from the dead, we have assurance of our hope.

While studying the book of Romans I noticed that Paul wrote about the obedience of faith in first chapter of Romans and again in the last chapter.

Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. Romans 1:5-6

Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen. Romans 16:25-27

Obedience of faith—a phrase that we can meditate on.

Do you have a hymn that you remember from childhood? Or if you came to faith later, do you have a favorite hymn?

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Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

3 Comments on “The Obedience of Faith

  1. Some would say that faith is trust,
    and some that trust is faith.
    My brain’s about to lock in rust,
    and so perforce I sayeth
    that I have gone about as far
    as I can on my own.
    I look now for the Bethel star
    that ancients have all known
    to guide their steps along the way,
    though it may lead to Calvary,
    but better that than one more day
    depending just on me
    to find a path, no source of light,
    through this mortal fatal night.

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