How many times have you felt God was silent? Often what appears as silence from God is Him saying no to our requests. Not out of meanness but because He has a bigger purpose; a larger picture which we do not understand. Today, I’m reminded Jesus prayed a heartfelt earnest prayer, through loud cries and tears; which God answered with a no. Hebrews 5:7-9, “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him…”
I thought of all the times I have offered up prayers with loud sobs and tears; times when God said no. Although, I often thought I was simply not being heard. In those times I would cry out louder in persistence; I am sure bordering on the obnoxious. All in an effort to get God’s attention and have Him hear me. News Flash! God’s not deaf!!! I wanted my way, not God’s.
“Although He, Jesus, was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered.” I learn obedience as I yield to the Word of God and surrender to the will of God. But, it does not stop there. I need to see suffering as a tool which God uses to refine and teach me reverent surrendered obedience. I would rather learn this without suffering. But as the saying goes, some things can only be learned through trials and tribulations.
The kicker – “and, once made perfect, He (Jesus) became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him…” It’s the big picture which counts in the final scheme of things. God had a plan which would affect each and every one of our eternities. Had Jesus chosen to be anything other than obedient, through surrender, we would be doomed. Thank you Jesus for your steadfast faith, reverent submission, trust and complete devotion to God!
Ever wonder how many times your lack of obedience, your unwillingness to submit to God has thwarted a plan He had for a much bigger purpose. Ever wonder how many times you could have been a blessing in the life of someone else; instead you became a stumbling block? I can think of several times in my life and I suspect when I get to the other side I will discover many more missed opportunities.
Until next time,
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-3