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learned obedience by the things which he suffered, awe 365, Hebrews 5:8

Learning Obedience

Day 161
Verse of the day

Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

Hebrews 5:8

Our Lord Jesus knew what the will our Father regarding Him was. He knew that the things which He suffered were the perfect will of our Father for Him. This partly made up the necessary foundation for His obedience and submission to the things He suffered.

As we live our daily lives, it is important that we know God’s will for us is in every situation we find ourselves. If we do not know what He wills, we cannot obey Him and may go about obeying ourselves in His name.

Obedience is an attribute we’d never outgrow or be exalted above – Jesus was perfect, yet He learned obedience, just like we must. We must learn to obey God for as long as we live.

Obedience makes a demand of us. When we have no deep-seated knowledge of what the will of God is, or when we know but haven’t learned to trust in the Power and Life of God inside of us, this demand may often overpower our desire to obey and lead us to unwilling rebellion.

The experience of Jesus at Gethsemane paints a clear picture for us to see. He appeared to request in prayer that the cup be made to pass over Him if it were possible but closed His prayers with a resignation to the will of His Father. It’s like a weight of balances, and in His case, His degree of resignation to His Father’s will outweighed the painful sufferings that obedience demanded of Him.

Obedience does not result from an emotional desire to obey God but from a knowledge of His will, and a resignation to allowing His Power and Life work it out in us.

References: Matthew 21:28-31; Mark 14:36


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Today’s Confession

Daddy, I am totally resigned to your strength and to your will for my life, to love and to obey you as you desire.


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