God’s Word – 2015.09.24
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered.
Hebrews 5: 8
Was it is necessary for Jesus to learn something? Apparently yes. Or could he read and write, or walk, talk and jump already as a baby? He had to learn everything, because he was born one hundred percent human. And he also had to learn obedience to God.
In human beings this obedience to God is not there. Our heart is independent, stubborn, wild, proud, and by nature not patient, obedient, loving, humble and full of confidence in God. We have to learn it.
God did not spare his own Son. Even Jesus had to learn everything. The school in which patience, trust in God and obedience are learned is called suffering. God does not send it, it is already there. Sometimes God saves us from great suffering and sometimes he uses it draw us closer to Him. In the suffering we learn to trust in God. Because if all our hopes are taken, we finally turn to Him. And when he saves us, we have faith in the Saviour. Only then can we trust Him and learn to obey Him. He means well with us!
A person who has everything and for whom anything is possible, does not need God. But a man, the for whom things in life are missing and often something goes wrong and he is suffering and lacking, seeks after God. And he can encounter God in Jesus. Jesus is the friend who brings us through suffering and tribulation. He is palpable, His consolation can be experienced, His love and kindness are tangible. In the silence we experience Him. If we know Him then, it is no longer difficult for us to obey Him or to wait patiently for His salvation. Only with Him at our side are we happy to learn the lessons that God has prepared for us. He teaches us gently and lovingly.
Thank you, Jesus, that you are there! You’re the friend who travels my way with me. You take me by the hand and take me to the destination. I can trust You, even in the darkest night. You have good thoughts for me and good goals for me. How fortunate that I am safe in you!
Bible Reading Today: Psalm 135: 1 – 21