“And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.” (Ex. 14:31)
‘There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way your went until you reached this place. In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God…” (Deut. 1:31, 32)
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalms 9:10)
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” (Isa. 26:3)
“She obeys no one, she accepts no correction. She does not trust in the Lord, she does not draw near to her God.” (Zeph. 3:2)
All these references are about the same people. Their whole history was an up and down, in and out relationship with God and the reason they struggled so much was they lacked trust. Trust was closely related to obedience. When the people trusted God they obeyed him and when they did not trust him they did not obey him. That is exactly what happened at Kadesh Barnea when God told them to take possession of the land. They refused to do so because they did not trust him in spite of all they had seen on the journey out.
“But you rebelled against the command of the Lord our God. You did not trust him or obey him.” (Deut. 9:23)
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus. Joined at the hip, twins in consequence, trust lets you obey and disobedience fosters a lack of trust. Trust without obedience accomplishes nothing and thus obedience without trust is meaningless.
If you find yourself in an act of disobedience check your trust level.
There’s no other way.