Scott Postma

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There’s No Other Way to be Happy

There’s a fairly well-known hymn written by John Sammis titled Trust and Obey.

The Refrain says:

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Trust in any relationship and in any circumstance begins with trusting the One who is Creator and Sovereign over the entire cosmos.

If we trust the One who knows the end from the beginning, the One who turns the king’s heart like the river of water, the One who spoke the cosmos into existence and sees and judges the condition of every human heart, then we can know we are safe and our life is significant regardless of who disappoints us and no matter how we’re let down.

True happiness is only possible when we stop clamoring for control and simply trust and obey Jesus. [exhale sigh of relief here]

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5–6, ESV)

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” (Genesis 50:20, ESV)

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