God led me to read Hebrews 5:8 this morning and honestly, I couldn’t be any more happier that I came across this reading. I haven’t written anything in a while and I don’t want to just write for the sake of it. I want whatever I write to have an impact on someone. Even if its just one soul. It has to come straight from my heart. I spoke to one of my amazing aunties yesterday and she was right. She told me the the importance of going before God and asking him “God what would you have me write today?” I woke up, asked God that question, but I didn’t plan on actually writing anything. Anyway, after reading Hebrews 5:8, it felt so right to share.
How many times have you gone through something that just drained you out emotionally? How many times have you felt like you were the ONLY one going through a particular situation where you felt no one understood? I’ve been there….I think we all have. When we go through our downs, we are encouraged to look to God to give us the STRENGTH to not just go through it, but grow through it. We are encouraged to look to him for comfort, for direction and all over peace. Some feel like but “whats the point? Its not like it’ll erase the pain anyway” Well…sometimes we forget that this ALMIGHTY God we look to also suffered and went through hardships as well. He was insulted, he was tempted, he was abused, he felt alone, he was mocked and he was abandoned. I’m sure most can relate. Knowing this gave me so much peace. Not peace because those things are “fun” to go through lol, but because it just means he TOTALLY UNDERSTANDS us at our lows because he’s been there. He’s not just our King but he is so relatable to our struggles. But through all he went through, it made him perfect and obedient. HEBREWS 5:8 says: “Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. 9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him.” Jesus learned by suffering. We all want to be comfortable, go through absolutely nothing that will make us uncomfortable and make us stress. Too bad that’s not the case. What can we really learn in times of comfort and a smooth sailing life? To be honest, it sounds great but we can learn absolutely nothing. The only way to grow spiritually is through pain and difficulty. If the enemy didn’t try to tempt Jesus, and if Jesus did not overcome this temptation, we won’t be able to gain strength from God when we ourselves go through tempting moments. If Jesus overcame, we need to know that we can as well. I mean, he was human as well.
Think of your life as soil. Soil must be tilled, raked and scattered in order for seed to be planted. Heavy rain falls on that soil, scorching sun shines on it…but if those things don’t happen how else will that seed grow into a beautiful plant? Its just like us. If we don’t pass through uncomfortable moments we can’t grow in maturity. The Bible says “All things work together for good, to those that love him.” All things God allows you to pass through will eventually breed love, faithfulness and breed strength. All the things he allows all have a purpose. Only good can eventually come out of a situation that seems hopeless. Solely because of the one who IS our HOPE. 1 Peter 1:6 says “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Sometimes what we go through isn’t always pleasant but it equips us to grow in our faith and be made perfect in Christ. To be made perfect in Christ ultimately means to posses all the characteristics Christ possessed. He was victorious, he had peace, love, compassion, resilience, he was righteous and the list is never ending. Our goal is to be like him right? In the end, these uncomfortable situations make us stronger and Christlike. I hope whatever it is you find yourself going through teaches you something beneficial and causes you to find strength and growth in nothing else but God. Also remember, Jesus went through it, so he understands you more than anyone ever will. Be encouraged! : )