August 11, 2016
“Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered”
Jesus is our great High Priest. A High Priest was a person who was given the authority to enter into the throne room of God on our behalf. Since we now live according to the New Testament we also live knowing that we have a great high priest that intercedes on our behalf before the father. When I think of someone who is going to be comforting me in my affliction I hope that they have been through similar struggles so that they can sympathize with me. Jesus is able to sympathize with us in our suffering, because he too suffered. This verse says that he learned obedience through what he suffered. I look back on my life and the times that I have been tested to obey the lord the most and almost every time it is when I have been I have been in a season of suffering. In James it says “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” When we face deep suffering we can look to the lord for our strength and support. For my application I want to thank the lord for the trial I have been under. With the rashes I have had, it has been a reminder of the little annoyances in life that steal my joy. The lord has been showing me that I need him in all things not just the big storms but the little ones too. So today I will thank him for the gift of trials that always pull us closer to him.