Son though he was…


“Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered.” Hebrews 5:8

This verse stood out to me when I read it today. I know it to be true.

It was true in the case of God’s son, Jesus. And it’s true for each of us today.

After reading it, I thought of something I’ve heard Pastor Rick Warren say in one of his books, “God never wastes a hurt.”

Our trials and our suffering either help to keep us securely connected to the Father or they are used to bring us closer to the Father if we’ve wandered far from home.

Our trials and our suffering keep us on our knees. They keep us listening for His voice. They keep us dependent on the only One who can rescue us in the first place.

As much as I hate suffering, I love what God is capable of doing with an obedient heart.

One obedient heart can change everything!

Today, I want to choose to seek hard after Him. Regardless of my circumstances, I choose to follow Him. I choose to obey.

13 thoughts on “Son though he was…

  1. arnyslight

    "Our trials and our suffering keep us on our knees. They keep us listening for His voice. They keep us dependent on the only One who can rescue us in the first place."

    Love it Eileen….

    Simply…Love it!

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  2. Lisa

    Our trials and suffering keep us on our knees, and I think they also help reveal any idols we may have set up in our lives. When things are taken away through trials, we discover how dependent we may have been on them instead of totally dependent on God. I want to live sold out for Him everyday!

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  3. Tracy

    Hi Eileen – how does that old song go? Trust and obey, for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey. Obedience, despite your circumstances = peace. Great post, and now you have me singing
    God bless
    Tracy

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  4. Heidi

    Love this Eileen… "As much as I hate suffering, I love what God is capable of doing with an obedient heart." So true… I want to be a part of what He is doing, so I want to be obedient! Thanks 🙂

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  5. Joseph J Young

    Hi Eileen,
    Quite a verse, Hebrews 5:8. Lot of great thoughts from it. He learned obedience through the things he suffered (endured as in afflictions, and also allowed) in that sense of the word. Like you were saying above it secures us to the Father. As it is written in 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 these afflictions "work for us" not we them. But sometimes we fight what is actually designed to advance us.

    I like that, God never wastes a hurt!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and meditation of the Lord Jesus.

    God Bless,
    Joe

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  6. Eileen

    Soraya, thanks for stopping by!

    Arny, struggles teach us so much, don't they?

    Lisa, I think you are correct. It keeps our eyes and hearts receptive to areas that need working on. 🙂

    Jenifer, me too!

    Tracy, Love that song! And it actually crossed my mind this morning too!

    Heidi, me too!

    Joseph, nice thoughts. And that verse in 2 Corinthians is such a good one. Thanks for stopping by today!

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  7. Caroline

    This becomes a comfort for me often: "Our trials and our suffering keep us on our knees." Yes. I need Him, yet I forget that sometimes. Powerful reminder, Eileen. Thank you.

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  8. Kandi

    Love this Eileen. I once heard someone say, and I wish I could remember who it was, if you are feeling a disconnect with God, what you need a good ole fashion problem to bring you to your knees before Him. I don't trials, I don't know many people who do, but I am glad I go through them when they are over, every trial I have been through has brought me closer to God.

    Blessings to you Eileen.

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  9. Eileen

    Allison, 🙂

    Caroline, I forget sometimes too.

    Kandi, That is so true! Was talking just this morning in ladies bible study about how it often takes trials to bring us back to the foot of the cross. I agree. I am so thankful for the journey that brings me closer to Him.

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  10. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    Amen, Amen, and Amen Eileen! God uses our trials to temper our faith, and remind us that we have such a remarkable ally in Christ.

    Great post!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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