Suffering – Hebrews 5:8

Though He was God’s Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered.

Although it is difficult for me to imagine what obedience Lord Jesus had to learn seeing that He was Perfect Obedience, the message to me is clear: through suffering the follower of Christ learns to obey. Suffering for good serves a purpose in life. Through it we learn to be obedient slaves of the One who has created us, saved us and who will usher us into the glorious presence of Father God for all eternity. Just as Lord Jesus did, so we also learn obedience through our suffering. There is a purpose in the pain we endure. There is a reason for the trauma we face. Father God knows that obedience to Him and His Word is ultimately what is best for us and ultimately what will save us. We learn obedience so that our lives might truly be saved. Even the darkest moments of suffering have meaning and purpose for the believer.

Following Christ fuses meaning into every aspect of our life. He brings value to every experience, even the most painful ones. I join with others who throughout the ages have said that any thing worth knowing was learned in difficulty and suffering. Malcolm Muggeridge, a renown television news man, writer and thinker shared the following that is worth considering:

“Contrary to what might be expected, I look back on experiences that at the same time seemed especially desolating and painful with particular satisfaction. Indeed, I can say with complete truthfulness that everything I have learned in my seventy-five years in this world, everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my existence, has been through affliction and not through happiness, whether pursued or attained.

In other words, if it ever were to be possible to eliminate affliction from our earthly existence by means of some drug or other medical mumbo jumbo . . . the result would not be to make life delectable, but to make it too banal and trivial to be endurable. This, of course, is what the Cross signifies. And it is the Cross, more than anything else, that has called me inexorably to Christ.”

Jesus Himself proved it.

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