Devotion for October 24, 2023

“Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered.” (Hebrews 5:8)

The rewards of obedience are awesome, but sometimes the process is agonizing. “Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. In this way, God qualified him” (vv. 8-9, NLT). Before God promotes you to a position of usefulness in His service, He qualifies you. We admire the faith of Abraham who took his son Isaac up Mount Moriah and laid him on the altar. But the story doesn’t make sense until you read the first verse in the chapter: “Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham” (Genesis 22:1). What did God test? His faith! His obedience! And when he passed the test, God told him, “In blessing I will bless You, and in multiplying I will multiply Your seed” (Genesis 22:17).

Understand this: When you pray and ask God for success, you’re inviting Him to test your faith and obedience. God probably won’t test you at the same level He tested Jesus or Abraham. But it’s the smaller tests that prepare you to handle the bigger assignments in God’s kingdom. In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis’ senior devil talks to his nephew Wormwood about their mutual enemy, the Lord. “Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.” The obedience God desires from you today is obedience that rises above your feelings and circumstances and says, “Yes, Lord!”

Prayer

Heavenly Father, not knowing the future — but You do — help me obey Your direction each step each day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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