Obedience Is Not Always Pleasant

Read the Bible in a year by reading Hebrews 5 today.
As the writer of the Book of Hebrews magnifies Jesus as our High Priest, the writer makes this profound declaration of Jesus, “though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). Jesus is the precious Son of God. Nevertheless, He had to obey the same Father in Heaven as we do, although it was extremely painful to Him. His obedience took Him to the death of the Roman cross. There the world forsook Him, Israel forsook Him, His disciples forsook Him, all the people He helped forsook Him, and even the loving Father in heaven forsook Him. There He hung on that cruel cross, the invention of minds that enjoyed seeing a man suffer beyond human capacity to endure pain. While that pain was awful, it symbolized the torture He endured in His spirit as His Father separated from Him.
If I can find an exception for anyone in the world who should not have to obey God because of the circumstances, it would be Jesus. However, even He was not exempted from obeying the Father. Therefore, the Father rewarded Jesus richly for His undying obedience, although it led to death.
Having that same heart in us will lead us to obey God regardless of our circumstances. If you possess that heart, God shall reward you beyond your human capacity to imagine. Do you have that heart?

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