By the Things Which He Suffered

We often find ourselves experiencing moments that leave us unable to see a way beyond our current circumstances. The heaviness of it all causes us to stumble beneath the weight.

As Jesus faced the cross He fell upon His knees in utter agony, knowing what He was about to endure. He knew the suffering that He would face and He bowed beneath the weight of fear that beset His fleshly body. He cried out to the Father seeking release from what lay ahead, yet He did not find what He sought. “He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.” Matthew 26:42

As He faced the cross before Him, we see the example of accepting God’s plan even when we do not see the way.

“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;” Hebrews 5:8

Christ took upon Himself our sin, knowing what that meant for Him. He saw the agony ahead and still He remained faithful to what God had called Him to do. We do not possess the knowledge of the future, but we do possess the knowledge of who holds our future. By the things Christ suffered we have assurance in tomorrow. In this knowledge we are to remain faithful as He calls us to follow paths we do not understand.

“And I will bring the blind by the way that he knew not, I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them and not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16

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