Suffering Teaches Obedience

( [email protected] ) Jan 20, 2012 10:13 AM EST

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. Son though He was, He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him.” Hebrews 5:7-9

Very few Christians invite or enjoy suffering, but it is during this somber season that obedience to Almighty God ascends in superiority to sincere saints. Sorrow seeks to torment a soul’s trust in its Savior Jesus. Self wants the attention when afflicted, but it’s the glory of God that deserves the recognition. Obedience to Christ is the central concern.

Yes, with fervency we cry and weep to the One who saved us—the One who will save us—and the One who can save us from our momentary affliction. But the Lord’s school of suffering is meant to shape us into sharp students of His word and instant applicants of His principles for living. Our graduation occurs once we transition into His glorious presence.

“But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.” 1 Peter 4:13

What hurts your heart or afflicts your body? If it is a break up, then break down before your heavenly Father and He will comfort your loss. If cancer is attacking your body, then cast your cares on Christ for He will sustain you through this scary time. Obedience is meant to thrive, not dive, during difficult times. So, aggressively seek the Savior of your soul.

Obedience stretches our faith to forgive where we have been offended. It leads us to kindly accept those who harshly reject us. We obey, because Jesus obeyed in reverent submission. Even as the privileged Son of God, He learned obedience from what He suffered. Suffering is a prerequisite to being made perfect in compliance to Christ. Thus, embrace your disease or emotional upheaval as an opportunity to let His light shine.

“So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” 1 Peter 4:19

Where is the Lord teaching me to be obedient during my time of suffering?

Related Readings: James 5:10-11; 1 Peter 4:1-19; 5:1-10; Revelation 2:10

The author of Wisdom Hunters daily devotional is Boyd Bailey. For more information, visit: