In order to get to a place called Laity Lodge in Texas you have to drive into a riverbed. The road takes you down a steep, rocky hill into a canyon and straight into the water. There is a sign at the water’s edge which says, “Yes. You drive in the river.”
One who has made up his mind to go to the uttermost with God will come to a place as unexpected and perhaps looking as impossible to travel as that riverbed looks. He may glance around for an alternative route, but if he wants what God promises His faithful ones, he must go straight into the danger. There is no other way.
The written word is our direction. Trust it. Obey it. Drive in the river and get to Laity Lodge. Moses said to Israel, “I offer you the choice of life or death, blessing or curse. Choose life and then you and your descendents will live, love the Lord your God, obey him, and hold fast to him: that is life for you.”
When you take the risk of obedience, you find solid rock beneath you—and markers, evidence that someone has traveled this route before. “The Lord your God will cross over at your head. . . he will be with you, he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not be discouraged or afraid” (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20; 31:3, 8,NEB). It’s what the old gospel song puts so simply:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.
John H. Sammis
** Excerpt originally published in “Keep A Quiet Heart”, pg. 56.