Hebrews 5:7 – 8 (HCSB) During His earthly life, He offered prayers and appeals with loud cries and tears to the One who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence. Though He was God’s Son, He learned obedience through what He suffered.
When Jesus walked this earth, he also faced similar circumstances. He stepped out of his perfect heaven, emptied himself (Philippians 2:7) and took on the form of a human. Why? To show us how to live, treat others, and most importantly be obedient to the will of God even if it’s not the path he would have chosen for himself. In Matthew 26:39 we see Jesus crying out to his Father “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will [emphasis mine], but as You will.”
Jesus showed us how to be completely obedient even when he was staring death in the face. He could have called 10,000 angels to spare him the pain and anguish… but he didn’t. Obedience to the Father was more important to him than his comfort. He knew God had a plan for his life and he had to walk in that plan. God knew what was on the other side of the cross.
God knows what’s on the other side of our crisis as well. He knows the plans He has for us. Just look at what He promises in Jeremiah 29:11 – 14 (MSG):
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree.
He hears our prayers and cares about the intimate details of our lives. Putting our trust and hope in the things of this world will leave us high and dry every time… but when we place our trust in God, we know that through every crisis we are learning to be more obedient to God and the plans He has for our lives.