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Learning to Obey

“While Jesus was here on earth, He offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the One who could rescue Him from death. And God heard His prayers because of His deep reverence for God. Even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered. In this way, God qualified Him as a perfect High Priest, and He became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:7-9). Jesus learned obedience through what He suffered.

Every parent understands that discipline and punishment assist in helping children learn to obey. So too, hardships are great instructors in life. No one enjoys it; no one seeks it out but suffering and discipline help us grow. If Jesus learned obedience through what He suffered, what should we expect as children of God?

We often approach God and our faith from a very egocentric view point: what can God do for me? Because our comfort is often our priority, we assume that it is His.

God is primarily interested in our obedience, not our comfort. He wants that through us, as we obey Him, we bring His love and mercy to those around us. If Jesus learned obedience and was perfected through what He suffered, we should anticipate that God will use trials and hardships in our lives in a similar manner.

When we confront trials and hardships in our lives, do we seek to use those opportunities to submit to the Lord and learn obedience to Him? Or, do we seek to have them removed from our lives; do we complain? We can only learn if we’re paying attention and if our perspective allows us to do so. No one enjoys hardships, trials, or suffering, but if we understand that through these circumstances God teaches us obedience and perfects us, then that allows us to submit to whatever we are going through having His goal as our end.

God will lead us into circumstances to test us to see if we will obey. He guides us for our growth for His glory. Do we allow Him to do that in our lives? Or do we complain and seek our own comfort and happiness?

PRAYER

Father make me like Your Son, who learned obedience through what He suffered; teach me to obey, and as life circumstances and hardships come my way, may my perspective be always to learn obedience to You through what I go through for Your glory. Amen.

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