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Trust and Obey

Lessons Learned from My Sickness Part 24: Trust and Obey

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I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

This is the title of one of the most popular and timeless hymns sang by Christians the world over.

How many people were brought to the saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ because of this hymn?

How many lives were changed for the better because of the enlightening and inspiring message of the song?

We really can’t tell. But I’m sure many people were able to gain favorable results in their lives by adhering to the challenges the song poses.

During my long hospital confinement, I was greatly helped by the encouragement I received from this hymn. When I faced uncertainties and lingering doubts, I just told myself, “Just trust and obey”.

Instead of spending time in worrying, instead of asking too many questions, instead of formulating my own theories and explanations, I just told myself, “Just trust and obey”.

Just trust that God knows what’s best for us. Just trust that he is sovereign, his power knows no bounds, and he will work miraculously through people that he touched.

That he can work through the doctors, surgeons, nurses, laboratory personnel, etc. That his power can be manifested through medications and treatments administered to our physical body.

But more importantly, I trust that God listened to the sincere prayers of the faithful who continue to humbly ask for his intercession and compassion.

As a result, I discovered that when I fully trust God in all these things, I can obey everything that the doctors prescribed for my own good.

I obeyed the dietary requirements, I obeyed the prescribed rest and exercise schedule. I obeyed the sanitary procedures like wearing masks even though it’s inconvenient at times.

Indeed, to trust and obey are two very powerful virtues that can strengthen our relationship with the Lord, and can also help us in facing our practical problems.

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

Posted on FB: 16 March 2015 – 2:41 PM

Jaro Evangelical Church

About the Author

Rev. Ronny Luces is the Minister for Administration and Community Service of Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He and wife, Martha have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.

Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.

In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he has lung cancer. He is undergoing chemotherapy.

Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny writes his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness”.

May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles. Please pray for Pastor Ronny’s healing.

PHOTO CREDIT: Karl Hipolito. Used with permission. Thank you.

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My Moonlight Sonata

Central Philippine University

Everything around me reflected a dull pale glow. The rustling of mahogany leaves added a cool effect as the gentle breeze declared its presence. I squatted on the bamboo table in front of the kindergarten building.

As I slowly sipped a mug of warm coffee, I savored the peaceful effect of the moonlight on the surroundings. It was a full moon night. I decided to sit down and observe God’s masterpiece under a unique night-effect moonlight.

The thick nimbus clouds failed to dampen the fluorescence the moon gave. As if sympathizing with my reverie, the full moon quietly bathed the distant hills, towering trees and the church edifice.

The white orchid flowers were the most luminous. Perched on the Molave trunk and refracting the moonlight, the spray gaily swayed with the wind’s tempo.

Then I began to think of life’s ups and downs. While I was in deep thought, thinking of every whys and hows, crickets somewhere in the nearby grass chirped in thrilling chorus.

Not to be outdone, Mr. Toad, hiding under the Bougainvillea pot began to echo broken croaks. They were probably trying to cheer me up. Really, I couldn’t help but think what lay ahead.

Recalling the events in the past months, I considered life too bleak for me. I thought everything was impossible.

But like the Psalmist, I was confident that there would be rejoicing in the morning. Several more hours and another day would break. The rooster alit on the langka tree never failed to greet the dawn with great rejoicing.

Why should I worry about the future when God takes care of all these creatures—the sparrows, the lilies of the valley? Am I not special in God’s eyes? In fact, I am the apple of His eyes.

I paused from my thoughts. From the distant seashores, I could hear the wind rushing through the treetops. As it accelerated, tree branches crackled as they resisted the gushing wind.

Then it moved towards my direction. It stroked my face, sending a tingling that stood my hair on end, causing my hair to wave back as the gentle wind blew on my face.

As the wind came, I took a deep breath to inhale as much of it as I could. I could only have enough. Not enough of that moment affected the quantity of the gentle breeze. I too, realized that like my breathing moments, I could have enough blessings for the day.

Suddenly the thick clouds no longer shrouded the full moon. Everything around became bright. I stopped from my deep reverie resolved that tomorrow would take care of itself.

NOTES:

I wrote this piece in late 1995 when I went home from Manila to Concepcion, Iloilo, jobless and broken-hearted. In February 1996, I accepted the challenge to work as project director of Ajuy Baptist Church’s school, Ajuy Christian Development Academy (formerly Ajuy Christian Development Learning Center).

The school grew from a kinder school with 19 pupils to elementary and high school levels. Indeed God takes care of our tomorrow!