Learning Obedience Through Suffering
“in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” -Hebrews 5:7-9
Have you ever heard the saying “No pain, no gain”? While it is most often used to encourage those who have made new year’s resolutions for weight-loss, it can be applied to life and the curveballs it throws at you. There is an edge, to those who have suffered and suffered well. They’re the kind of people who you want in your ‘corner’. They are wise beyond their years, but they aren’t cocky about it. They know who they are, but they never white knuckle their purpose or calling. They live life open handedly, willing to receive all it brings, both joy and sorrow, and never clinging to any earthly possession for comfort. These kinds of people are usually the ones who have experienced some of the worst tragedies known to man. But for some reason, they can wake up in the morning and find love, life and meaning in the world. How is this?! I believe it is because they didn’t allow the pain of their circumstances go to waste. Jesus was the best example of this. Though He had no sin, He subjected Himself to a world full of sin and suffering without the benefits of His position or power. Though He had no imperfections, He allowed himself to be perfected through suffering. His willingness to be ‘perfected’ should be an invitation to us, the sinners who are often willfully disobedient, and undeserving of mercy, to do the same as He. To lay down our pride and allow the suffering that we are now facing to not turn our hearts to stone, but to keep us tender and to mold us into the image of Jesus. While this journey has been the toughest I’ve ever gone through, it has helped shape me into someone I have always wanted to be. Someone who is truly free from the expectations of this world. Who is content no matter the circumstances. So I encourage you today; let pain have it’s way. Not to permanently wounds or maim you. But allow it to perfect you by stripping away all that holds you back from looking like Jesus.